What did the assistant coach of Chelsea say about the Saudi Al Hilal fans?
Chelsea's assistant coach, Salt Law, responded to the question of "Emirates Today" about whether he was surprised by the huge attendance of the Saudi Al Hilal fans during the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match.
Salt had led Chelsea in the match in the absence of coach Tuchel, who was infected with the Corona virus “Covid-19”.
The assistant coach said in the press conference after the end of the match, which he won with two clean goals: “Certainly, the fans are constantly working to provide support to their players in all matches and push them to provide the best performance. For us, it was not easy for us to win this match in light of the presence of such a large number. From Al Hilal fans.
He added, "We played the match as if we were playing away from home in the Premier League."
Thousands of Al Hilal fans arrived in the capital, Abu Dhabi, by air and land, to stand behind their team in its second historic participation in the World Championship, and the number of public attendance reached 19,175 fans, and the fans continued to enter even before the end of the first half, due to the crowding in all the roads leading to the stadium from an early age. .
The Crescent fans did not stop chanting their own chants, chanting the names of the players, continuous applause, interacting with the attacks and the goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf's saves, which had a clear positive impact on the players' performance, as it helped the team to cohesion quickly and restore confidence again and share the performance with the English team.
Al Hilal fans completed the second half of the match, standing in the stands, reacting to the course of events, especially as their team extended its control in an integrated manner, which prompted the "Blues" to retreat to the defensive areas clearly, keeping the ball between the feet of its players and relying on counter-attacks.
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