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We weren’t good but we needed to win, Ahly’s coach

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Feb 2019
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Martin Lasarte (Photo: Ahly's official website)
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Ahly’s coach Martin Lasarte was unimpressed by his team’s 1-0 win over Haras El-Hodoud, but stressed that they still have to keep winning to stay in the title race.

The victory took the defending champions to 39 points, closing the gap with leaders Zamalek to six points.

“We weren’t good today, we committed too many mistakes. Our passing strategy wasn’t working well and couldn’t create enough goalscoring opportunity,” Lasarte told reporters during the post-match press conference.

Midfielder Hamdi Fathi scored a first-half goal, but Ahly were under pressure during most of the second half.

“Our opponent made it very difficult for us but they couldn’t really create any dangerous opportunities. Obviously we showed signed of exhaust at the end of the game, it was our third game during this week,” the Uruguayan tactician said.

Lasarte had to wait without a number of key players as he is trying to rotate his squad to overcome the team’s bus schedule.

“I gave Amr El-Sulaya and Mohamed Hani a rest as they suffer from fatigue. I also kept Karim Nedved and Hussein El-Shahat on the bench so they would have only some playing time in the second half. We have been playing a game every 72 hours and we are travelling to Tanzania to play an African Champions League game,” he added.

Ahly travel on Saturday to Tanzania to face Simba in a group-stage game next Tuesday.

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