16 November 2012

Tunisia: Maaloul - It's Going to Be Difficult for Both Teams

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Egypt's Al Ahly win record seventh CAF Champions League title

Esperance manager Nabil Maaloul told CAFONLINE.COM that his side is ready to achieve victory on Saturday, saying that the game is going to be difficult for both teams.

How do you see the return leg after the first game ended in an away draw?

It's going to be a very difficult game as all the matches in these big finals. We're ready to win but we know the game is going to be very difficult for both teams.

Do you see the away 1-1 draw an advantage for your team?

It's a positive result for us surely, but we see each game as a seperate one, and we remember how Ahly won the title in 2006 at the last moment here inTunisia. So we have to be careful.

And how do you see the absentees in your team?

We miss many players like Derbali and Afful in addition to the injured players, but we have the suitable replacement for them, as our players can play in various positions and they all can do their role.

How did you manage that psychologically?

Esperance is a big team and knows how to play such games. We have the motivation of winning our third African title and second in a row, especially when we are playing our third successive final.

How do you see playing the final at home?

It's a double ended sword. We have the home and supporters advantage but on the other side this could put more pressure on the team, and that's what we fear.

How do you evaluate Ahly team?

Ahly is a great team and has vast experience on this level. Despite not having domestic actions and losing a big number of their fans they have reached the final amidst some very tough circumstances. They are a team to respect and watch for.

Was your return to the team after leaving them last year a motivation for you?

Esperance is my home and I am at their service. Nothing much changed since I left the team and the players are the same. We had sufficient time to regain our winning mood and I hope the players harmony affects the team positively.

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