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Zamalek coach Pacheco fears players' fatigue ahead of Raja clash

Zamalek are scheduled to face Raja in the first leg of the competition's semis on Sunday, with the second leg scheduled to take place six days later in Cairo

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 17 Oct 2020
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Jaime Pacheco returns to Zamalek for a second spell (Photo: Zamalek's official Facebook page)
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Zamalek's Portuguese coach Jaime Pacheco has revealed his fears over the fatigue of his team's players ahead of the game against Morocco's Raja in the CAF Champions League semifinal, confirming the winner of the game will be determined in the second leg. 

"We played five games in 15 days so my team's players suffer from fatigue," Pacheco said at a press conference on Saturday. 

The White Knights are scheduled to face Raja in the first leg of the competition's semis on Sunday, with the second leg scheduled to take place six days later in Cairo. 

"I hope the players' fatigue does not have an effect on their performance during this important game," said the Portuguese tactician. "We will be facing a big team who recently claimed the Moroccan league title and I would like to congratulate them on this achievement," he added.  

"We will show our character during the game as our target is to reach the CAF Champions League final game," said Pacheco."The semifinal is a two-legged game as the second leg will determine the qualified team for the final game," he added. 

"All the teams that had reached the tournament's semifinals are big teams and they all are equal in the chances of reaching the final game," said the Zamalek coach. 

The Cairo giants are bidding for their sixth Champions League title and the first since they defeated Raja 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged final in 2002.

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