Darko Milanic: “We have a difficult test ahead of Al Nasr

This evening, the introductory press conference was held for the match between Baniyas and Al-Nasr for the fifteenth round of the ADNOC Pro League. The press conference was attended by coach Darko Milanic and player Youssoufou Niakaté. 

The coach spoke and described the match as a highly competitive match against a difficult opponent who offers different football with a new coach, so the match will be a difficult test for us.

He added: "But this does not mean that we are not confident in ourselves. We have made it clear in previous matches that we have quality, we have the opportunity to improve, and we want to appear better."

He continued: "Al-Nasr has a different type of coach. We must study the team well, and we still have two days to prepare more for this confrontation."

As for absences, the coach explained that, as usual, there are some minor problems, but I hope that all players will be ready on the day of the match.”

Speaking about the development of the team’s level, the coach explained: “We deserved more in the previous two matches against Shabab Al-Ahly and against Al-Ain, but we must make the most of the opportunities so that we can earn points in the match.”

He added: "It is difficult to accept that we are playing big matches but we are not getting points. We have only won one win away from home this season and we have a difficult match schedule ahead of us, as we will play 4 matches away from home in the next five matches. That's why we want to achieve positive results Outside our stadium."

Speaking about the previous match against Al Ain, the coach pointed out: “The players must know that the match ends with the whistle of the match referee. Although we played a great match, we did not finish the match correctly in its final moments, which cost us the loss of match points, which we deserved.” We came out even with a break-even point based on the performance we provided.”

Against Al Ain, we had to play better to get a draw point, because the match ends with the referee’s whistle. I understand it came from a big match, but you have to.

Player Youssoufou Niakaté also spoke and indicated that the Al-Nasr match will be a difficult match, as Al-Nasr is a big and difficult team, but we play football for these big matches.

Niakaté continued: "I play for the team. I don't care about the personal level. All I care about is getting points with the team. I don't care about scoring goals. Rather, the most important thing is winning as a group."

Regarding wasting opportunities in previous matches, Youssef explained: “We have to be calm and confident in front of the goal to be able to score goals. I know full well that the goals will come, but we need a little success as well.”


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