Laudrup thrilled with Tabata’s return; Ferreira lauds Al Sadd’s ‘team effort’

 17 Oct 2017 - 2:15

Laudrup thrilled with Tabata’s return;  Ferreira lauds Al Sadd’s ‘team effort’
Al Rayyan’s striker Rodrigo Tabata

By Rizwan Rehmat / The Peninsula

Al Rayyan coach Michael Laudrup is thrilled with the return of feared striker Rodrigo Tabata, saying his team’s 4-1 win on Sunday over newcomers Al Markhiya was a ‘pleasing effort’.

Playing under lights at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan - captained by veteran striker Sebastian Soria - produced a slick performance to complete a comprehensive win in round 4 of the QNB Stars League.

Laudrup’s star-studded team picked up the points after goals by Abderazzaq Hamdallah (2’), Mahmoud Attiya (own goal, 26’), Tabata (71’) and Sebastian Soria (79’).

Tabata’s second-half appearance was a welcome sight for Al Rayyan fans as the Qatar national team forward missed the early part of the QNB Stars League due to injury and subsequent recovery period. He was quick to fire a goal in Al Rayyan’s 4-1 rout of the minnows.

Al Markhiya striker Kwame Amponsah Karikari reduced the deficit in the 80th minute.

“We achieved the most sought-after result and that was to win convincingly,” Laudrup said after his team’s match.

“The other thing that delighted us was the return of Ahmed Abdel Maqsoud and Tabata,” the popular Danish coach said.

“We succeeded in giving them a major shock as we scored the early goal. We wanted to score early because Al Markhiya usually play a defender and we managed score in just the second minute,” said Laudrup.

“Our attacking game helped us to run the game as we wanted to,” Laudrup said.

When asked about the star-studded line-up that played against Al Markhiya, Laudrup said: “As for the large number of fit players in Al Rayyan camp, I would say this is a big plus for us. Every coach wishes that he has such players.”

He added: “But remember we still have Sanad Al Naimi and Baro Siddiqui who haven’t played yet. I think that this is in the interest of the team in a long journey like the league. We are trying to take the advantage of playing in QSL Cup so that all our players get on the field and get match practice.”

Meanwhile, Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira remained in buoyant mood following his team’s 3-1 win over Qatar SC in round 4 that ended on Sunday.

“I want to congratulate Qatar SC and their coach. We faced a strong, organised team who made the game difficult for us, especially in the first half,” Ferreira  said.

“I know that they have been practicing together for a long time, which has increased their coordination and made them a strong opponent for Al-Sadd,” he added.

“We knew about the difficulty of the match. We practiced hard for this match,” Ferreira said. “I am happy with Baghdad Bounedjah who scored a goal on his return to the team,” he said.

Asked about the team’s performance in the first half, Ferreira said: “The first half was difficult for us, especially with the organized play of Qatar SC. We changed our system in the second half and we managed to get the lead. We wasted more than 5 chances to score because their keeper was excellent.

“We are happy with 100% record until now, although I’m not satisfied with the performance when I compare it with that of last season. We have to work a lot in the upcoming period in order to reach the level we want to reach,” the seasoned Portuguese coach said.

Al Duhail lead the points table followed by Al Sadd, Umm Salal and Al Rayyan to complete the top four in Qatar this season.