LEKHWIYA turned in a far-from-impressive performance against Al Ahli before pulling off a last-gasp 1-0 win, with the Cops’ Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi saying the three points were very important for him.
“Ahli closed the spaces in front of us. We had to try hard to penetrate their defence. We came back to score two late goals and won full points, which was the most important for us,” said Belmadi, who generally prefers his players to play an attacking game.
“I had big trust in our players’ abilities and was sure that we would fight our way back into the game despite falling behind,” said Belmadi.
Lekhwiya thus caught up with Al Sadd on 30 points, but are second on goal difference. Asked about his team’s title hope, Belmadi said it was too early to speak about it.
Belmadi may miss forwards Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) and Youssef El Arabi (Morocco), expected to be away on national team duty at the Africa Cup of Nations from January 16 to February 7, but did not seem overly worried about it.