Al Wahda coach, French Gregory, saved Al Annabi from a scenario that was repeated in the past three seasons, when he bid farewell to the President’s Cup competitions from the quarter-finals, after winning the day before yesterday, over Ajman, with a goal without a response in the round of 16.
The 38-year-old French coach continued his distinguished series of results with Al Annabi, since he took over the leadership of the team, last October, succeeding the Dutchman, Tin Cat, as Gregory managed to return the team to the fore in all local competitions, so it rose to second place in the ADNOC League standings. For professionals, he is close to the League Cup semi-finals, then his chances are in the competition for the title of the President of the State.
The French coach led Al-Wahda in six matches in all local competitions, winning five matches and drawing one without any loss. The prominent thing in Al Wahda was that he kept a clean sheet in the last five confrontations, and conceded only one goal in his first match under the leadership of Gregory, against Al Dhafra, when he won 3/1, while scoring 11 goals, and only missed the goal in the first leg. League Cup against its host Al Nasr.
Despite the victory over Ajman, the French coach was not 100% satisfied with what his team presented, saying in the press conference: “It was not the best match for us. cases, and results do not come easily.
He added, “I am happy that we were able to win and qualify for the next round. I only hoped that the match would not go to extra games, and win in the original time in order to avoid fatigue in the coming period, which will witness pressure in the local matches.”
And on the reasons for the absence of goalkeeper Mohammed Al Shamsi from the starting lineup, and is there a dispute between him and the player,
Gregory replied, “There are no differences. The goalkeeper would have been in the starting line-up, but he apologized in the last moments due to his own circumstances. My relationship with all the players is more than excellent and we have interconnectedness and common goals for Al Wahda Club. We have many players ready and all of them will have their chance.” .
On the reason for keeping Khribin on the bench, he said: “Khribin was not 100% ready, and his involvement for some time came for tactical roles. The player was feeling some pain, and I was thinking not to involve him, and in the end things ended as we had planned.”
Goran: We missed the final touch
Ajman coach, Goran, expressed his sadness over the result of the cup match, and said, “We controlled the match, but we missed the final touch.” “We played a perfect match in terms of tactical discipline, and we had two chances that we didn’t take advantage of,” he added in the press conference.
• 6 matches for Gregory so far with Al-Wehda, winning five and drawing once.
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