Zamalek coach shows optimism ahead of Cairo derby against Ahly
Mahmoud Elassal, , Friday 7 May 2021
Zamalek are scheduled to face rivals and nearest challengers Ahly in the Cairo derby again on Monday in a game to avenge their last loss two weeks ago


After beating Smouha 2-1 in the Egyptian Premier League on Thursday, Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron revealed that his team is ready to face arch-rivals Ahly next week and that he is optimistic ahead of the game.

Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki shone with a goal and an assist as Zamalek bounced back from two successive draws to beat Smouha 2-1, at home, and maintain their four-point advantage on top of the Egyptian Premier League on Thursday.

Zamalek are scheduled to face rivals and nearest challengers Ahly at the Cairo derby again on Monday in a game to revenge on their last loss two week ago. The Whites lost 2-1 to Ahly in the postponed game from week four of the Egyptian Premier League.

"I was depressed from losing the previous game against Ahly as we were the better side in the game and we lost more score chances," Carteron said at the post-game against Smouha press conference.

"I am happy to start the game against Ahly with a full squad without injuries or suspensions," the Zamalek coach said. "I expect the competition between the two teams will be tough after they also claimed a victory on Thursday," he added.

Zamalek are on top of the Egyptian Premier League teams' table with 44 points, four points over rivals Ahly who still have two games in hand.

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