Despite the first leg loss, Zamalek coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic says that his team will have a home advantage when they face Senegal's Generation Foot in the return match of the African Champions League round of 32.
The Whites paid the price for resting several regulars as they slumped to a surprise 2-1 away defeat by the Senegalese side in the first leg on Saturday.
"We played against a strong team that won by taking the advantage of playing at home among its fans," the Serbian Micho told ON Sport TV channel after the match.
Micho, who led Zamalek to the Egypt Cup title with a 3-0 final win over Pyramids last week, opted to rest several key players, apparently with an eye on the anticipated Egyptian Super Cup clash against Ahly on Friday.
"We played to dominate the game but we had two faults to receive two goals. We have a big chance to reach the next round as we will restore four players in the return match at home," the Zamalek coach explained.
Saturday's loss is the first since Micho took over Zamalek, but he believes that the Whites are still favourites to advance to the group stage when they host Generation Foot in a fortnight.
"We will have the same advantages in the return match and we will win because of playing at home among our fans," Micho said.
"It will be an open game and will deploy the best strategy to beat them.
"Now we should concentrate on the Super Cup match and then will think about the second leg. We are determined to win the Super Cup title as well as to proceed in the Champions League," he concluded.
The five-time Champions league winners Zamalek just need to win 1-0 in the return match against Generation Foot to book a place in the group stage.
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