Al Ahli coach Cosmin Olaroiu hopes Saturday’s 2-1 win at home to Dibba Fujairah serves as a wake-up call ahead of the first leg of the Asian Champions League final at home to Guangzhou Evergrande next Saturday.
The Red Knights may have recorded their fifth consecutive win to go second in the Arabian Gulf League thanks to goals either half from Rodrigo Lima and Ahmad Khalil before Bakary Kone’s consolation, but Olaroiu wasn’t impressed his side’s finishing.
“Today we weren’t there with our heads,” said the Romanian. “In football, when you miss the chances we did, you sometimes pay a heavier price. The concentration wasn’t very high.
“We scored two goals but we should have scored more. I hope all this will turn in luck for the next game.
“You cannot compare today’s game with the next one. We are going to play in the final against a very strong team. But we need to play differently. We have to treat the game differently.
“We created a lot of chances to today. It will be difficult to create the same amount of chances in the final, so we will need to be ready for everything.
“Of course, when you have the most important game of your life in front of you, it’s hard to focus on this game. But thanks to God, we won and now we look forward to Guangzhou.”
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