Gracia was appointed as a wolf coach, taking charge of the Qatar side for two years and then replacing fellow Spanish Cavier Nandez, who joined his former club Barcelona last month.
Gracia inherits the league’s dominant Al Sadd team. The current champion has scored 25 points with an undefeated record and is the only team so far.
Experienced Gracia, who has coached 13 major teams including Premier League Watford and Spanish giant Valencia, said yesterday that he was keen to start with a win.
“This is the first match against the team and the most important match for us. We know the importance of starting with a good start and three points, and we are to achieve that. Must be well prepared, “Gracia said prior to the match against the bottom Al-Khor.
“We were training with a part of the team at the Arab Cup, but now we are training the whole team. Preparing in the ideal way for the next match against Al-Khor. I’m looking forward to it, “said the Spaniards.
Three of Al Sadd’s key players, Bouallham Kouki, Saad Al Dosari and Pedro Miguel, are unable to play in today’s match due to injury, but Gracia trusts the rest of the players. “The players available worked really well in the last period. I had the opportunity to work with some of the young players and the first team players and needed to know more about them. My first experience here in Qatar. I think it’s good for us, “he said.
“Our international players performed well in the Arab Cup, were very close to winning the title and couldn’t win because of the simplicity of the details, but in my opinion they were all very well. It deserves gratitude and praise, “Gracia said.
Al-Khor scored only four points, but his victory over Al Ahli has not yet been recorded and he recently broke up with German coach Winfried Schäfer.
Their new coach Andre Lima has been given a huge task to revive the struggling team, but facing Al Sadd will be the last thing they want now. prize. “It will be difficult to play against Al Sadd,” Lima said at a news conference.
“I trust all the players. It was a great time during the break. I worked well on the team’s harmony and had a good match at the Oredo Cup. This gave the team a taste of victory and spirituality. Physically and tactically, the player’s self-confidence has regained, “Lima said. “I think we’re ready to face Al Sadd. The players are confident and this is what they’re looking forward to in the match,” he said.
In another match today, Umm Salal will face Al-Duhail at the Al-Gharafa Stadium (16:05), and Al-Gharafa will face Al-Arabi at the same venue at 18:15.
Al-Duhail, coached by Portugal’s Luis Castro, is second with 22 points, three points less than Sad. Red Knights have lost one match so far and are aiming to catch up with the leader.
Umsalal is 6th with 9 points. Fortress Orange, coached by former Qatar international midfielder Wesam Rizik, hopes to be able to play in the Oredo Cup and return to the league after finishing fourth in Group A.
Al-Duhail coach Luis Castro said: As for the match, Umsaral said he couldn’t win in the last five games, so he relies on the defense and is strong against counterattacks. “
Umm Salal’s director, Wesam Rijik, said: Victory will motivate the team to continue with good results that satisfy their ambitions. “
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