Hassan Al-Haydos, the captain of Al-Sadd, emphasized the significance of the team’s upcoming match against Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia in the second round of the King Salman Club Cup. The match is scheduled to be played on Sunday evening at the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium in Abha.
During the press conference dedicated to the match, Al-Haydos stated, “The match on Sunday will undoubtedly be challenging, as we face a championship-winning team. We are eager to engage in these strong encounters to gain valuable experience, especially since we are at the beginning of the season.”
He continued, “Our aim is to deliver a powerful and commendable performance and secure the three points, God willing. In the first round, we admit that we didn’t perform at our best against Wydad from Morocco. We missed the opportunity to capitalize on the numerical advantage after they received a red card, as they displayed a solid defensive setup and limited our spaces.”
Al-Haydos added, “The Wydad match is now behind us, and we will learn from our mistakes as we prepare to face Al-Hilal. As I mentioned earlier, we are still in the early stages of the season, and we are continuously evolving from one match to another. The atmosphere affects all teams, and it’s natural that physical performance may decrease in the second half. Nevertheless, we must leverage our experience and approach tomorrow’s match with greater effectiveness.”
He concluded, “Matches between Al-Sadd and Al-Hilal have always been thrilling for both players and fans alike. I hope we present ourselves as a more formidable team compared to our first encounter.”