Al Hilal coach Giorgos Donis is confident last year’s runners-up can rebound from their disappointing defeat to Al Sadd a fortnight ago with a much improved performance against Iranian champions Foolad Khouzestan in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Former Greece international Donis had only been installed days before the tie with Al Sadd and saw his new side fail to build on their 3-1 opening day victory against Lokomotiv of Uzbekistan as Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal suffered a 1-0 defeat in Doha.
And the two-time Asian champions will face another stern test of their title credentials on Tuesday in Iran against Foolad, who are unbeaten in their last 10 games in the AFC Champions League having began their campaign in Group C with draws against Al Sadd and Lokomotiv.
“The defeat is not the end of the world as we were looking to get a good result, but a few details sealed the match for Al Sadd. We had a good performance in the first half and created several scoring chances, but the last touch was missing,” said Donis following the defeat by Al Sadd.
“We still have a chance and I’m confident that we can make a good comeback.”