Al Ain players grabbed each other’s hands and formed a large, anti-clockwise circle in front of the stands of their fans, to celebrate their precious victory over their guest Al Nasr 3-1 in the 11th round of the ADNOC Professional Football League, a victory that awarded “Al-Zaeem” the title of “Winter Champion”. “After mathematically ensuring the end of 2021 at the top of the standings, two rounds before the end of the first leg, especially after Al Wahda lost 2-1 to Ittihad Kalba yesterday.
The “circular celebration” is due to the period of “violet” interruption from achieving the league title, specifically between the 2003/2004 and 2011/2012 seasons. During that era, the players formed the circle with the approach of achieving the cup competitions they won, foremost of which is the President’s Cup in 2005- 2006 and 2008-2009, the UAE Federation Cup 2005/2006, the Super Cup 2009/2010, as well as the Etisalat Cup 2008/2009.
The celebration remained an important part of Al-Ainawi’s legacy, and this time was formed to express the state of great confidence that the team gained and overcoming the many and influential absences in its ranks, overcoming the “Brigadier” in two matches in a row and approaching the title of “Winter Champion”.
Al-Ain coach, Ukrainian Sergey Rebrov, expressed his happiness with his team’s performance against Al-Nasr, and pride in all the players and the high spirit and strong desire that they showed during their pursuit of ambitions in the confrontations and the happiness of the fans who supported them throughout the two halves of the meeting, pointing out that the team overcame the absences and proved that There are 25 players ready to defend the team crest.
Rebrov said in the press conference: “The result alone is not enough to evaluate the team’s performance, it is also important to look at the statistics and numbers that confirmed the strength of our performance. 3-1.
Although the “winter champion” remains just a description used to express the team that finishes the first round as a leader in the league competition, it usually draws the features of the team that will be crowned at the end of the season with the title, as this was repeated in eight seasons in the era of professionalism, which guides Al-Ain team has played this season to return to the podium after a long absence, despite the injury crisis. In response to a question about the effective absences that his team is experiencing at the present time, the Ukrainian coach said: “I hope that injuries will stop chasing my team. Injuring 10 players is not easy. I am waiting for the injured to return quickly, and at the same time I gave the opportunity to some young players to participate and they gave a return.” distinctive.”
On the other hand, Al Nasr coach, Ramon Diaz, said that “his team players made many mistakes in the second half, and that this requires him to work a lot, especially after he moved away from the leaders by 10 points.” He added, “It is true that we have moved away from Al-Ain by this number of points, but everything remains to be desired.
My team is doing well but we are lacking in the offensive side.”
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