After Ahly's 2-0 loss to Mexico’s Monterrey in the Club World Cup third-place playoff, Ahly midfielder Mohamed Abou-Treika has said he and his teammates did their best but had some bad luck.
"We hoped to please the fans but the luck was against us," Abou-Treika told reporters after the game.
"The players did their best but unfortunately the result didn't turn out as we wanted it," he added.
"I ask Ahly's supporters not to blame the players for the loss as we did our best to win the game," Abou-Treika concluded.
An error-prone Ahly on Sunday missed out on a chance to secure the tournament's bronze medal for the second time.
"We lost concentration during the game and that caused the defeat," midfielder Mohamed Barakat said. He also said the players lacked fitness.
"When you play this way against a team like Monterrey, you are likely to lose. They defended well after scoring the opener then they doubled the score at the critical time" he added.
Ahly took on Monterrey after fighting bravely in a 1-0 semi-final defeat by Brazil’s Corinthians, who beat European champions Chelsea 1-0 in the final on Sunday.
The Cairo giants, who received $2 million after their fourth appearance at the Club World Cup, finished third in the 2006 edition for their best outcome in the tournament.
Injury forces coach to make changes
Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry said injuries had forced him to make changes during the match.
"Fathi and Gedo suffered muscle problems that forced me to substitute them," El-Badry said.
Barakat came on as substitute to replace injured the Ahmed Fathi while Geddo replaced Walid Soliman in Ahly's third substitution.
"The heavy schedule of matches caused the players' injuries and forced us to change the squad for every match," El-Badry said.
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