Patrice Carteron defends El-Shenawy, hopes Zakaria gets back to his best
Al Ahly manager Patrice Carteron has commented on the Red Devils’ recent win against Kampala in the CAF Champions League.
Al Ahly edged Kampala in a thrilling 4-3 win to go top of Group A on Tuesday evening, marking Patrice Carteron’s seventh win since taking charge of the Red Castle.
Before the game against Kampala, Al Ahly had conceded only one goal under Patrice Carteron and they have conceded three goals against the Ugandan side and the 48-year-old was not happy about it.
“We played a very good game from an attacking point of view. We scored four goals but we made many defensive mistakes that ruined all the work we have been doing in the last seven weeks,” Carteron told Al Ahly TV channel.
“It’s a good victory because it guaranteed us the top spot in Group A. I’m happy with the way we attack despite us conceding three goals. We will be working on finding the right balance between attack and defense.
“We have a tough schedule and I’m not the one responsible for it. I think it’s more important to focus on getting good results.
“We are now in the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League and we are also top of the league. The team has reached 70% of the level I want them to be at.
“The team’s spirit can sometimes make up for the average performances in some games. What matters is that all players are fit as we have a game every three days,” he added.
During the press conference after the game, Carteron was asked if goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, who many believe was at fault for the goals Al Ahly conceded, had any fitness issues.
The Frenchman defended El-Shenawy, saying: “El-Shenawy does not have any fitness problems. This is football, sometimes you have a good game and sometimes you don’t.”
Carteron was also asked to comment on Momen Zakaria’s future at Al Ahly and he replied, saying: “I do not have an administrative role in his contract renewal problem. I’ll be happy if he gets back to his best.”
Al Ahly host Entag El Harby on Sunday as the record 40-time league champions look to widen the gap at the top of the league table. Kick-off is set to take place 19:00 GMT.
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