Wydad resembled Real Madrid, not Liverpool, coach says after CL triumph

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 May 2022

Coach Walid Regragui said Wydad resembled Real Madrid rather than Liverpool as his side won the African Champions League for the third time with a 2-0 victory over reigning champions Ahly of Egypt on Monday.

Walid Regragui
Wydad s coach Walid Regragui speaks to his players during the CAF Champions League Semi-Final between Egypt s al-Ahly and Morocco s Wydad AC at Stade Mohammed V in the Moroccan city of Casablanca on May 30, 2022. AFP

Two goals from Zouhair El Moutaraji either side of the interval gave Wydad the coveted title, two days after Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the European Champions League final.

Regragui said before the game that Ahly, the record Champions League winners with 10 titles under their belt, are the "African Real Madrid" but he had a change of heart following Monday's victory in Casablanca.

"Today, we were Real Madrid, not Liverpool. We learned the lesson from Real Madrid's win," he told beIN Sports in a pitch-side interview.

Regragui was referring to Liverpool's domination as the Reds were hit on the break, with Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior scoring from a rare foray forward.

Ahly had the better possession for most of the game but struggled for openings, only creating a couple of threats in the last 10 minutes.

"We let them have the ball and we knew that they would send balls upfield to (South African forward) Percy Tau so we focused on controlling him," Regragui added.

"The game was very tough but we produced a strong performance and deserved to win."

Wydad also won the title in 1992 and 2017, with the latter triumph also coming at the expense of Ahly.

Ahly missed out on what would have been an unprecedented hat-trick of straight Champions League crowns.

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