Preview: New-found belief as Ahly face Pyramids in vital clash

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Jul 2022

Ahly's 4-0 drubbing of Future FC gave their demanding fans plenty of reasons for optimism as the team take on Pyramids FC in a vital Egyptian Premier League clash on Saturday.

Ahly v Pyramids


The league debut of Ahly's new coach Ricardo Soares ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw with Gouna early this month, during which the Portuguese was caught checking the names of the players on a tiny piece of paper.

Soares barely had time to get acquainted with his new team after replacing highly-successful South African boss Pitso Mosimane and he probably knew he has his work cut out in the final stretch of the season.

But Ahly appeared a much improved team in Soares' second game in charge as they produced a vibrant attacking display characterized by relentless pressing to demolish fourth-placed Future FC in a one-sided affair on Tuesday.

Ahly's supporters will be hoping Ahly can replicate that form when they meet Pyramids, who are still in the race to win their maiden title.

"I've just taken charge of the team and I know that big challenges lie ahead. We are seeking to create a new strong character defined by high pressing and efficient attack," said Soares, who left Portugal's Gil Vicente to take over at Ahly.

"We will produce strong displays that can live up to the expectations of fans but we still need time because the packed fixture schedule makes things a little bit difficult."

The Red Devils have finally laid their Pyramids ghosts to rest in recent games after being largely outplayed by the big-spending Emirati-owned club in the past few years.

Ahly crushed Pyramids 3-0 in the reverse league fixture last December before knocking them out of the Egypt Cup quarters with a 2-1 win last month.

They cannot afford to drop any points if they are to move level on top with leaders and defending champions Zamalek. Pyramids are also aware that any stumble against Ahly is likely to rule them out of the title race.

Zamalek top the table 54 points, four ahead of second-placed Pyramids. Ahly, who played two games less than the top two, are third on 48 points.

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