Javi Gracia: The beginning is always important, we are excited to face Nasaf

Al-Sadd coach Javi Gracia stressed the importance of his side’s first match in Group E of the 2022 AFC Champions League, which will be played against Uzbekistan’s Nasaf on Friday.

Speaking during the match press conference, Gracia said: “We are completely focused on the Nasaf match and we are at a good level. This is our goal and we have the strength to start in a good way.”

The coach continued: “Champions League matches are different from the local competitions, and we have to be careful and give our best, especially since the beginning is always important to continue the journey with full force.”

Gracia pointed out that the Al-Sadd team finished the local season well after winning the league title and not losing any match, and added: “We had enough time to prepare for the tournament and we are excited to participate. Our goal will be to compete hard for the championship title.”