Zamalek coach Khaled Galal has said that he has worked on improving the psychological state of his players, highlighting the value of their jersey, which he said has helped a lot in the club's recent revival.
"I worked hard with the technical staff to prepare our players psychologically ahead of the matches," the coach was quoted as saying by the club's official website on Saturday.
"We also talked a lot with them about the value of wearing Zamalek's jersey to boost their determination, especially as the team was suffering from instability due to string of poor results," he added.
Zamalek fended off a spirited Smouha side on Tuesday to salvage an otherwise poor season with an Egypt Cup triumph, scoring a 5-4 shootout win after an initial 1-1 draw.
Zamalek's fifth Egypt Cup triumph in the last six years and their 26th overall is also the first title for the new coach, under whom Zamalek has made a significant improvement following a season to forget.
Khaled Galal replaced sacked coach Ihab Galal earlier on April after a string of poor results that included a shock exit from the African Confederation Cup.
He quickly manged to restore the balance with the Whites, guiding them to beat arch-rivals and league champions Ahly in the derby before clinching the Cup title.
"The Zamalek players are currently the best in the Egyptian league at the technical level, and they only lacked concentration to return to their winning ways," the coach added.
"We managed to do that in a short period and that positively reflected on improving the results, beating Ahly and ending the season with the Cup title," he concluded.
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