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Ahly deserved its victory over Petrojet, injury crisis is over: Coach Lasarte

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 5 Mar 2019
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Ahly coach Martin Lasarte (Photo: Ahly's official website)
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Monday's 4-0 league victory over Petrojet was deserved, according to Ahly's head coach Martin Lasarte, who said that the team is no longer suffering from an injury crisis.

"I am very happy with the performance of my players," the coach said in the press conference after the match.

"This is what should happen every time. Everyone who gets the chance must deliver his best and the team's performance should be as it was against Petrojet.

"Putting pressure on our opponents early eased our mission to dominate the match, but seeing Karim Nedved miss next match against Zamalek after getting a yellow card today was the only negative point," he added.

Nigerian winger Junior Ajayi opened the scoring for the Reds in the ninth minute, while Marwan Mohsen doubled the seal in the 30th minute.

Ten minutes after the hour-mark, Angolan winger Geraldo made it 3-0, and Karim Walid 'Nedved' completed the rout five minutes later.

With Monday's win, Ahly has advanced to second place on the league table with 51 points, just one point behind leaders Zamalek, who have one match in hand.

Since the season start, Ahly had been missing a large number of key players due to different injuries, but now the situation has changed according to the Uruguayan tactician.

"Having a big number of players who are ready to play is very good. This makes our substituting mission easier," said Lasarte.

"The team was missing 14 players due to injuries when I took the charge, but yesterday there were 26 players available for the training session.

"The situation now is completely different. We are no longer suffering the injury crisis.

"We have a busy schedule through next month, so we want to secure the best results this month without new injuries," he added.

Ahly will be hosted by DR Congo's Vita Club on Saturday in the fifth round of the African Champions league.

"Our full concentration now is on the next match in the Champions League," the Ahly coach said.

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