Pedro: I am proud of the level of Al Ain players ... and refereeing is not at the level of the tournament
Al Ain coach Pedro.
From the source
Al Ain coach, Portuguese Pedro Emmanuel, confirmed that he is "happy and proud of the level of the players, despite the team's four-fourth loss against Al-Sadd in the fourth round of the AFC Champions League."
Al Ain lost his chance to reach the round of 16, and left the tournament for the second year in a row of the first round, leaving him with two matches in Group D, against Iranian Sephan and Saudi victory.
The coach strongly criticized refereeing, and said in the press conference: “I do not believe in luck in the world of football, so the referees should be at the level of the competition. I did not see good performance from refereeing in the last two matches, and the question is why we did not have the same opportunities as the competitor, we presented A good performance until the 60th minute, but we faced another challenge on the ground, which was a penalty kick.
He said: “Losing one or six goals at this stage loses you the three points, and the pressured matches require a distinct organization, so that everyone is in the required mental state.
We created many chances to score, and despite the huge loss, I am proud of my team, given the circumstances we faced. ”
This early farewell is a lesson for the technical staff and the players to remedy the matter and arrange the situation, before entering the local season, the team has received 13 goals in the four matches of the continental championship, which is the weakest defense in the tournament, which confirms the existence of a major defect in defense, which may push the coach Portuguese to make important changes in the back line during the coming period.
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