CAF Champions League - Semi Final - First Leg - Al Ahly vs ES de Setif - Al-Salam Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - October 2, 2018 Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron. REUTERS.
Ahly’s French coach Patrice Carteron has criticised his team for wasting a handful of easy chances after his side’s 1-2 loss against ES Setif in the CAF Champions League semis second leg Tuesday.
Despite the loss, Ahly qualified for the final after winning 3-2 on aggregate, thanks to the 2-0 first-leg win the team sealed in Cairo 2 October.
Carteron said that the players repeated the same mistake of the Cairo game by wasting a number of easy chances, which gave the opportunity to ES Setif to turn the game upside down.
“We committed the same mistake of the first leg as we missed a lot of chances. I was forced to continually stand in the technical area during the game and nervously instruct the players as the game approached its end,” the 48-year-old coach told Ahly TV.
Carteron added: “I am definitely happy with the qualification for the final and I dedicate it to Ahly supporters. The players did well in the game. We felt calm after the goal. However, because it is football, everything turned upside down and we conceded two goals.”
“The wasted chances could have affected the final result and I will speak to the players about the importance of using the easy scoring opportunities we get,” Carteron said.
Ahly, the eight-time Africa champions, made their way to the second in a row CAF Champions League final to face off with two-time champions Esperance of Tunisia.
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