Win will give us confidence : Vercauteren

ABU DHABI – Al Jazira coach Franky Vercauteren enjoyed his first win with his new club but added that there was still work to be done.

By James Jose

Published: Sat 17 Sep 2011, 10:48 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:17 AM

Al Jazira came out 4-3 winners against Diego Maradona’s Al Waslin their opener of the Etisalat Cup.

Vercauteren said that he had changed the team after the Super Cup loss against Al Wahda last week, to find a balance between playing and running players.

“We changed the team a little bit. We wanted to have a balance between playing and running players. We hadn’t found this balance in the Super Cup against Al Wahda. It worked well. There is always work but it functioned well,” Vercauteren said after the game. Jazira were right on the game in the first half but tapered off a bit in the second. “The second half was a bit different and difficult for us. We also had problems physically due to the humid conditions. We couldn’t maintain the tempo in the second half,” he said. Nevertheless, he said that the win was a much needed one after that Super Cup loss. “This win was very important and a positive. We can take some positives out of it but we know we have to improve to become better. Mentally, the win was very important after that Super Cup loss against Al Wahda. It gives the players confidence,” said Vercauteren.

About Maradona’s Al Wasl, Vercauteren said: “We expected Al Wasl to play well. In the first half, we knew how to deal with them. In the second half, we were under a bit of pressure. And they took advantage in the second half because we were not at the same level as the first. In football, things can change. A moment can change everything. It is about the 90 minutes and the injury time added to that.”

He said that they needed to work harder and train more. “If players have problems after 60 or 70 minutes, it means that we have to train more. We have to find the balance between training and playing because we didn’t have proper preparations before the season began,” Vercauteren said.

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