Christian Gross ‘pleased’ with Confederation Cup quarter-finals qualification
The Whites have reached the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals after a 0-0 away draw with Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey on Sunday.
The Whites have picked up only two points from their opening three games, but seven points from nine in the return-legs ensured their place in the knockout rounds.
They needed to get at least a draw in Algeria to qualify for the quarter-finals, which they managed to do after a memorable defensive display.
“I am very pleased with the qualification in my debut season with the club, and despite the pressure of the opponent, the team has achieved the desired goal and qualified as the group winners,” Gross said in his post-match press conference.
“The game was certainly tough, but I’m satisfied with the performances of my players.
“We want to continue to compete in all the competitions we are participating in and now we will start preparing for the Arab Contractors league clash.
“I expected the match against NA Hussein Dey to be difficult, especially as the Algerian team wanted to win to qualify, and now we have to focus heavily on the remainder of the tournament.
“We will work in the upcoming period to develop our performances during the international break because the next stages of the tournament will be more difficult,” he added.
Zamalek will now face one of Morocco’s Hassania Agadir, Tunisian giants Étoile du Sahel, or Nkana FC of Zambia in the quarter-finals of the competition.
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