Garrido: National team camps are detrimental to our team
Ahly manager Juan Carlos Garrido criticised Héctor Cúper’s decision to call up the national team’s local players for a training camp and spoke about Ahly’s title chances, through his offical website.
The Spanish manager finds himself in a very difficult position in the league, after his draw against rivals Ismaily. Ahly are currently third, with 40 points from 21 matches.
Garrido spoke through his official website about national team coach Hector Cuper’s decision to call up a large number of his players, and about Ahly’s title chances as the second half of the season unfolds.
“Fourteen of my players have been called up the first and olympic national teams; this puts us in a very dangerous situation,” he said.
“We have a very tight schedule and many matches to undergo. I don’t know if we can get ready for the next [league] match in time, and I know for sure that we can’t get ready for our next CAF Champions League match,” he then added.
Garrido then talked specifically about the first national team’s camp saying: “This is not a FIFA-sanctioned time to call up players, this does not happen elsewhere around the world.”
“We returned to Cairo from Gouna on at one p.m. on the eighth of April. We should have started training at nine in the morning the next day,” he went on.
“This hurts us, the players are working extremely hard to get through these difficult times,” he concluded.
The Spaniard then talked about his side’s title chances this season saying: “The next game is decisive for our league campaign; we have to win and collect all 3 points. The team must posses a winning mentality, and show that on the pitch. We can still win the title, in spite of how difficult the task is.”
He ended the interview saying: “We must have faith in our abilities, we still have many matches to come, and our focus should be on achieving one victory after another.”
The Red Devils are set to face relegation battlers Assiouty Sport next Tuesday at the Petro Sport Stadium.
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