Al Sadd’s title win last season was a romp. They won 18 of their 22 matches, drew three and lost just one, showing complete domination. Having won the title after a five-year gap, they are now eager for more under new coach Xavi Hernandez. The Spanish midfield maestro, who bid goodbye to his playing career after last season, and the methods he employs as a coach, will be watched eagerly by fans and pundits the world over. While the core team that won the title remains, playmaker Nam Tae-Hee’s arrival will boost the midfield.