Doha, Qatar: Al Sadd will start as overwhelming favourites when the take on arch rivals Al Rayyan in the Amir Cup semifinal on Saturday.
Sadd are in dazzling form and after storming to the QNB Stars League title they also booked their berth in the AFC Champions League knock-out round with a round to play.
Their rivals Rayyan meanwhile, finished a disappointing fourth in the league and their continental campaign also came to an end last week with a defeat to Al Ittihad at home.
While the match would provide Rayyan one last chance to redeem their season, Sadd would look to continue their domination.
Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira said he wanted to win the Amir Cup.
“I am happy with what we have achieved in the Champions League, qualifying for the second stage at the end of my stint with the club. Now I want to win the Amir Cup before leaving Qatar,” said Ferreira.
“It will be a very tough game for us. This is the fourth Amir Cup semifinal for me with Al Sadd and everyone knows how much this tournament means for the fans,” said Ferreira.
He added: “We have just one game remaining to reach the final. We cannot make mistakes because there is no time to make up for them. Our only goal is to win so that we can reach the final.
“The A-Sadd players deserve to win the trophy. They have been playing since last July, almost a game every three days for club and country but we are fully prepared for this tournament,” he said.
Rayyan caretaker coach Yuri O de Souza said the Lions needed to make up for their disappointing season.
“Our season was not good, so we look for compensation,” said Souza. “And our main goal is to beat Al Sadd and qualify for the final.”