‘Qatar committed to giving their best in key game’
Players have recovered well after their win against Bangladesh, says coach.
Qatar coach Felix Sanchez described his team’s game against Oman as a ‘key game’ and said his players were motivated to give off their best on Tuesday.
The Asian Cup 2023/World Cup 2022 qualifying game will be Qatar’s first at the Al Janoub Stadium, even though most of the national team players have had an experience of the turf thanks to club matches at the venue in Al Wakrah.
“It’s a key game in the group and our players are aware of that,” Sanchez said at the pre-match press conference.
“It’ll be a tough game and hopefully, we’ll be ready in all aspects and come up with a good performance against a very competitive team,” he added.
Qatar head Group E with seven points followed by Oman on six. The Asian champions had a difficult game against Bangladesh four days ago, winning 2-0 on a wet pitch in Dhaka. Sanchez said the players have recovered well after that draining match.
“It was a difficult game given the circumstances, but the players have recovered well and are looking forward to this game,” he said, and emphasised that they were keen to top the group.
“Our objective is to qualify, to try and be the top team in the group. Our opponents too have the same objective, so that’s why tomorrow’s game is so important for us if we’re to reach our target. The most important thing is, all our players are fully committed to the cause and hopefully, we’ll take another step towards our target,” he said.
Sanchez said his team was not looking too far ahead and the possible qualification scenarios.
“It isn’t a long competition, only eight games and we’ll be playing our fourth game. Whatever the result is, we’ll still be in the competition. Our focus is on this game at the moment, go out at 7.30 tomorrow night and play a good game,” he said.
After their experience in Dhaka, the players will relish playing on the Al Janoub turf, felt Sanchez. “This’s a top stadium, not just in Qatar but in the world. This’ll be one of the venues of the World Cup. It has a top quality field and it’ll help the players to produce a good game. They’ll feel comfortable on it,” said the coach.