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Mido: I used Juventus’ style of play against AS Douanes

Posted on February 17, 2014

After successfully securing qualification to the round of 32, Zamalek manager Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ implied that he used Juventus’ style of play to overcome the Niger champions.

Zamalek managed to beat AS Douanes in Niger 1-0 on Sunday thanks to a goal from Hazem Emam, but it was how Mido managed the game that caught everyone’s attention.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Mido said: “I wrote the scenario of how the game will pan out and I told my players before kick-off.

“I put more men in the middle of the park to narrow the spaces for AS Douanes in the first half so that they attack in the second.

“I told the players that we will attack in the second half and everyone knew that the substitution will change how the team looked.

“When we went up, I added a third defender to the back-line so that we can protect our lead.

“The third defender was not a sweeper. I used the more modern formation of three at the back exactly like Juventus,” said the former AS Roma player.

Mido then followed by stating that he is aiming to put Zamalek back onto the summit of African football, a team which all clubs fear, just like when he was growing up.

“When I was young, I was always proud that Zamalek were the biggest club in Africa,” Mido said.

“With all my travels with the national team in the 90’s, the African’s new nothing of but Zamalek.

“I told the players that we have to go back to being Africa’s most feared team and I trust that we will achieve that,” Mido concluded.


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