Gameweek 37: Ahly and Zamalek post-match reactions
The two sides’ post-match reactions differed greatly, as both coaching teams look to the final matches of the season.
Al Ahly coach Fathy Mabrouk emerged victorious on Thursday night against tough opponents Wadi Degla. Mabrouk talked to the press about his team’s performance, their preparations and much more.
“I am happy with the game’s result as well as the players’ performance during the game,” Mabrouk said after the game.
“We are working to win all the remaining games in the league so I don’t care about Zamalek’s loss,” he added.
The experienced manager then went on to react to their rival’s defeat to Misr El-Maqassa
“I don’t care about Zamalek’s loss as I always play to win but I will make use of this loss to affect the players during the coming games,” Mabrouk continued.
The 64-year-old also expressed his thoughts regarding rumours suggesting that he will be replaced with a foreign manager.
“No one in the management told me that I will leave. I respect the team and the management as I am one of the club’s sons and I am ready to help the team anytime,” Mabrouk concluded.
The Egyptian Premier League title holders are now just six points behind Zamalek with four games in hand while the White Knights are to play five.
On the other hand, a disappointed yet determined Ismail Yousef looked unfazed as he sent out the following messages during the post-match conference.
“This loss won’t affect our road to the Egyptian Premier League title,” Ismail Youssef said during the game’s post-match conference.
“I want to reassure the team’s supporters that the players won’t give up on their target of winning the title. We will discuss the reasons for the loss to avoid a repeat in the coming few games,” he added.
Zamalek are set to face Ismaily on Monday, a team they failed to score against during their last meeting but successfully shut out as well.
“The Ismaily game will be a chance for the players to forget the Maqassa loss and to march on towards the Egyptian Premier League title,” Ismail Youssef concluded.
Zamalek failed to beat three of their five upcoming opponents during the league’s first round. Even with the comfortable points gap, Zamalek will have to work hard to secure their first league title in over ten years.