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‘The Champions League failure is why I am stricter,' says Ahly boss Carteron

“The players accept it when I am sometimes harsh. I have to be strict to raise the player’s level of concentration,” Carteron said

Ahmad Hassan, Thursday 22 Nov 2018
Patrice Carteron
Ahly coach Patrice Carteron during the press conference before his side’s game against Al-Wasl in the Zayed Champions Cup round of 16 second leg 21 November 2018. Photo: alahlyegypt.com
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Ahly’s coach Patrice Carteron has said the loss of the CAF Champions League title is why he was stricter with his players ahead of the clash against Emirati team Al-Wasl in the Zayed Champions Cup Round 16 second leg on Thursday.

“Losing the Champions League is a failure that we have to admit. We have no choice other than winning against Al-Wasl in order to make the fans happy and convince them that we are a good team who can compete and can get out of this stumble,” Carteron told Ahly TV late Wednesday.

“The players accept it when I am sometimes harsh. I have to be strict to raise the player’s level of concentration,” the 59-year-old coach added.

Carteron stressed that Al-Wasl game is just a start before turning to a very dense schedule in the domestic league. “I wish Al-Wasl game would be a return to winning,” he said.

The French manager revealed that due to the absence of some players, the match is a chance to field new blood. “It is a chance for them to perform in a way that would satisfy the technical staff and me personally,” Carteron added.

The Red Devils will be on the back foot when they face off with the Emirati side, after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Alexandria on 28 October. The team is hoping for a return to their winning ways following the loss of the CAF Champions League title to Tunisia’s Esperance.


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