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'We are determined to win the Champions League title,' says Esperance coach Chaâbani

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Oct 2018
Esperance de Tunis' striker Youssef Blaili scores a penalty kick during the CAF Champions League semi-final football match between Tunisia's ES Tunis and Angola's Primeiro de Agosto at the Rades Olympic Stadium on October 23, 2018. (AFP)
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Esperance de Tunis manager Mouine Chaâbani has expressed confidence ahead of the Champions League final against Ahly, stressing that his players should learn the lesson from their experience against Primeiro de Agosto in the semis.

Ahly will host Esperance in the first-leg of the Champions League final at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab stadium on Friday before playing the second leg in Tunisia one week later.

"Ahly are a great club in the continent," Chaâbani told Tunisian newspaper La Presse on Monday. "They have much experience, but we are determined to win the title."

The youth coach, who replaced Khaled Ben Yehya as Esperance coach earlier this month, asked his players to build on their success in the Champions League semis.

Esperance were on the verge of leaving the Champions League but a late goal from Anice Badri shot the Tunisian giants into the competition’s final at the expense of Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto after a 4-3 win on aggregate.

"We suffered a lot against Primeiro de Agosto," Chaâbani added. "I hope that the players took the lesson from this nerve-wracking game and understood that nothing is guaranteed in the world of football."

"The most important thing is to believe in your capabilities and to fight to reach your target," he concluded.

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