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Garrido: I will not accept a draw against Etoile du Sahel

GarridoAl Ahly coach Juan Carlos Garrido has given some insight on the upcoming tie against Etoile du Sahel, as well as speaking about his stint thus far as coach of the Red Devils.

Al Ahly are set to play Tunisian giants Etoile Du Sahel on the 23rd of August, and a draw will be enough to see the Red Devils qualify from the group.

Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, the former Villarreal coach said however that he will not accept a draw against the Diables Rouges.

“We are the biggest club in Africa,” he said. “We have to win.

“We are under a lot of pressure to win, and we will try to do just that.”

Garrido then commented about the Red Castle’s loss to Zambian side Nkana, saying that he “learned many lessons” from the game.

“Our match against Nkana was my first on African grounds,” he added. “I have learned many lessons from this match.

“However, I could say that Nkana’s pitch was the worst thing I’ve seen in my coaching career.”

The Spaniard then went on to dismiss that Ahmed Khairy will play in the libero position, as well as respoding to critics who have questioned his start as Al Ahly coach.

“I will not play with a libero,” he said. “I’m training my players in many positions in case we are dealt with any injuries during games.

“I don’t have a magical wand which gets the best out of my players.

“I’m trying to overcome the injury crisis by slotting the available players in more than one position.”

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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