Doha: Moroccan forward Mohsine Moutaouali, who joined Al Rayyan from Al Wakrah, is a talented attacking player. Though coach Michael Laudrup has started in him in only two of their QSL matches so far, he has played a part in seven of their games and has scored a goal as well.
The former Raja Casablanca forward is a key player in Rayyan's scheme of things and will have a crucial role to play when they face Al Arabi on Saturday.
Mohsine spoke to QSL Online in an exclusive interview. Excerpts:
How do you assess Al Rayyan’s league campaign so far?
We’ve been making steady progress and the title race this season will be between Al Rayyan, Al Sadd and Al Duhail.
Can the team sustain the momentum as the league progresses?
Of course, we can. We have the ability to move on with the same strength right till the end of the competition.
Are Al Rayyan capable of regaining the QNB Stars League title?
Yes. But we’ll face fierce competition from Al Sadd and Al Duhail. The team making least mistakes will win the title.
Do you have any worries as a team player?
I wasn’t lucky in some games. Then, I’m worried about getting injuries.
Will the stoppage of the league affect your performance in Round 8?
I don’t believe it’ll have a negative impact as we played in the QSL Cup and qualified for the semifinals.
How do you see the match against Al Arabi?
Indeed, it’ll be a tough one, between two big names with a large fan base in Qatar football.
Who’re the favourites to win?
Of course, Al Rayyan.
Who do you think is the most prominent player in Al Arabi?
All of them are good players.
Will the recent negative results of Al Arabi make your job easier?
No. This is a derby and there’s no easy game in the QNB Stars League. Each match has its own specialities.
What’s your ambition with Al Rayyan?
Winning trophies. I’m happy to be a part of such a big team.
Are you frustrated for not being a regular starter?
I can’t say that… I’m a professional player and I wait patiently for my opportunity to play in order to serve Al Rayyan.
Finally, what would you like to tell Al Rayyan fans?
I wish to see a lot of fans for this match as well, like how they supported us in the ‘Qatar Clasico’ against Al Sadd.