Ahly Swiss coach Marcel Koller. Photo: Ahly's official website.
The Cairo giants, whose impressive record includes 11 CAF Champions League titles, will host Medeama in their opening Group D encounter on Saturday.
"I hope the players will be fully focused against Medeama," Koller stated during the pre-match press conference. "We must balance attacking with defending since they are equally important."
The Swiss coach emphasized the importance of approaching the group stage with the utmost seriousness, acknowledging that Medeama will also be determined to secure a positive result away from home.
"We must capitalize on the advantage of playing at home in front of our fans," Koller remarked. "We need to be smart in our approach against the Ghanaian team to achieve the desired outcome."
Koller acknowledged the challenges of gathering information on African teams compared to their European counterparts. He revealed that he has watched three Medeama matches to gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
"I hope the team will be at full strength during training," Koller added. "Al Ahly is a big club, and the players are involved with national teams. Despite the additional travel and matches, we have faith in our players' experience to handle this situation."
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