Carteron discusses Al Ahly victory over Haras El-Hodood
Al Ahly boss Patrice Carteron discussed his team’s performance as they successfully defeated Haras El-Hodood in the fourth fixture of the Egyptian Premier League 1-0.
The Red Devils were able to secure their third league win despite an unsatisfying performance in the first half in which the team was unable to register a single shot turning the first 45 minutes into a physical game, maintaining strong defense and composure.
“The weak performance in the first half was due to the absence of many players and the pressure of successive matches led us to start with a new group of players,” Carteron explained.
“Seven players who played against Haras El-Hodoo didn’t play the match before, for such reason, they needed some time to get accustomed to the game, that’s why our performance wasn’t good in the first half.”
The French coach however praised his team’s defense given that they only conceded one goal since the start of the league and managed to stop El-Hodood’s attacking force. But he admitted that his side needs to enhance their attacking abilities and translate chances into goals.
As for playing with two forwards, Carteron said: “Salah Mohsen and Walid Azarou will be a fruitful duo in the future. I also wanted to use Ali Maaloul’s excellent crosses.”
Salah Mohsen opened the scoring for Al Ahly following a howler from El-Hodood’s goalkeeper Mossad Awad and Azarou managed to earn a penalty kick in the 69th minute while Maaloul sent the ball home from the spot.
“We have many absences right now and that’s why we are trying different styles of play, especially that we will be missing Walid Soliman and Mido Gaber next game against Kampala City,” he added.
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