El-Badry: I worked on exploiting Zamalek’s attacking surge
Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has emphasized that his side deserved to come out of the Cairo derby on Monday as the heros following their win over Zamalek.
Al Ahly extended the point difference with their city rivals to 11 points, with the Red Devils having a game in hand, after their 3-0 victory in their direct rivalry in the 17th round of the Egyptian Premier League.
Zamalek were arguably the side that dominated ball possession. Nonetheless, they failed to cause a real threat on Al Ahly’s goal, while the Red Devils were much more clinical and managed to hit the target on three occasions.
“I took into account the psychological factor for Zamalek players when entering this game, it is the first time for me to enter a derby game with the opposition having a coaching change few hours before it,” El-Badry said in a press conference.
“I was sure about Zamalek’s attacking surge and I worked on exploiting that. We had several chances to score unlike the other side, and this is due to our ideas and system of play. Ehab Galal worked on the psychological aspect with players like Ayman Hefny and Bassem Morsy but it is a double-edged sword since these players haven’t featured for some time.”
Abdallah El-Said was subbed off during the second half for Junior Ajayi, and the Egypt playmaker left the pitch with signs of frown on his face that proved he wasn’t happy with the substitution.
“We tried to rest Abdallah in the recent period in order to prepare him for Zamalek clash, but he looked tired during the game.”