CAF Confederation Cup is toughest competition in Africa this season: Zamalek coach Gross

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 2 Feb 2019

Zamalek coach

The CAF Confederation Cup offers the stiffest competition at the African level this season, according to Zamalek's coach Christian Gross, who stressed that winning all the group stage matches is a priority for the Whites.

The Cairo giants will be seeking a winning start in their group stage campaign when they face Kenyan side Gor Mahia in Nairobi on Sunday.

"The Confederation Cup is the strongest at the African level this season. We are currently fully concentrated in reaching the next round successfully," Gross said at the pre-match press conference on Saturday.

"We need 10 points to reach the next round. Sure, we want to win all the group stage matches even if we ensure our qualification early," he added.

Zamalek, who are eyeing their first-ever Confederation Cup title, were drawn in Group D with Gor Mahia, Algeria’s Nasr Hussein Dey and Petro Atletico de Luanda of Angola.

"It's difficult to speak about the rivalry between the teams in our group before playing the first three matches," the Swiss tactician explained.

"I respect the players of our Kenyan opponent, especially as they are strong on the physical level. All the matches will be difficult and need much effort," he added.

At the domestic level, Zamalek are in the driving seat in the Egyptian Premier league with 45 points from 18 matches, six behind second-placed Pyramids FC who have played two matches more.

"We will be facing an intense schedule in the coming period, so our formation could see some changes," the former Tottenham, Stuttgart and Basel coach concluded.

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