‘Just an­other game’

Wahda coach says play­ers will be un­der no pres­sure against in-form Wasl

Sport360 - - Beach Soccer - By Matthew Jones @Mat­tJones360 mat­tjones@sport360.com

Lau­ren­tiu Reghe­campf in­sists his play­ers are feel­ing no pres­sure to per­form as they go in search of a fourth win against high-fly­ing Al Wasl that would main­tain their 100 per cent start to the sea­son.

The Clarets sit top of the Ara­bian Gulf League ta­ble with nine points from three games but face ar­guably their sternest test so far as they travel to Dubai to take on free-scor­ing Al Wasl – who have notched 14 goals in their first five games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

De­spite a pos­i­tive start, Ro­ma­nian Reghe­campf was keen to point out the sea­son has only just be­gun.

“Noth­ing is hap­pen­ing at this stage of the sea­son,” he said ahead of to­mor­row’s game. “For us there is no pres­sure. For us it’s very sim­ple, we have to play ev­ery game like it’s our last game, give ev­ery­thing, play nice foot­ball and I hope for a good re­sult. But it’s not pres­sure. No-one on the team feels pres­sure.

“We’ve only played three games, we have a lot of games to play. If we beat Al Wasl we can­not say we are going to win the cham­pi­onship.”

Rodolfo Ar­ru­abar­rena knows Chee­tahs fans are hun­gry for a first league ti­tle in 11 years, and first in the pro­fes­sional era, and the Ar­gen­tine hopes he can make their dreams come true this sea­son.

“The Al Wasl fans al­ways have great hope for the tour­na­ment, they love their team a lot and wish to re­turn to the podium again,” said the for­mer La Al­bice­leste in­ter­na­tional. “I feel good and I hope that I will spend time with the play­ers to achieve their as­pi­ra­tions and dreams this sea­son.”

Else­where, Jose Pe­seiro is adaShabab mant Shar­jah are bet­ter than their 10th po­si­tion sug­gests as they head to strug­gling Hatta look­ing for a first win in five games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

The King have just one point from three AGL games and are look­ing to halt a two-game los­ing run against op­po­nents who made Mace­do­nian Gjoko Hadzievski the league’s first man­age­rial ca­su­alty last week after los­ing all three of theirs to sit bot­tom of the ta­ble.

“The re­sults do not re­flect the level of the team and we de­serve to be in a bet­ter po­si­tion than the cur­rent one we are in,” said Por­tuguese Pe­seiro, whose side showed tremen­dous spirit to res­cue a 3-3 draw in the Ara­bian Gulf Cup against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai on Saturday hav­ing been 2-0 down and seen goal­keeper Ahmed Dida sent off with the score goal­less. “We will change the shape of the team in the com­ing days for the bet­ter.”

Henk ten Cate, mean­while, is happy his Al Jazira play­ers have si­lenced their early-sea­son crit­ics fol­low­ing a morale-boost­ing 2-1 win over fierce foes Al Ain in the Ara­bian Gulf Cup last week­end.

And Ten Cate feels they have turned a cor­ner. “The chain is only as strong as its weak­est link. The chain was re­ally strong against Al Ain,” said the Dutch­man, whose side travel to Al Dhafra to­mor­row.

“I think we did very well to win be­cause if you don’t peo­ple keep ask­ing about what hap­pened to Al Jazira. Now ev­ery­one falls silent and we can con­cen­trate on the next game, which is against an­other dif­fi­cult op­po­nent. We will play with the same de­sire to win.”

If we beat Al Wasl, we can­not say we are going to win the cham­pi­onship – Reghe­campf

Stern test awaits: Lau­ren­tiu Reghe­campf (l) and Is­mail Matar travel to Dubai to take on sec­ond-placed Al Wasl.

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