Doha, Qatar: Al Duhail SC will try to play attacking brand of football, said their new coach Rui Faria despite his close association with Jose Mourinho, who is a master of defensive organisation.
“When we have the ball, we will attack and when we don’t have we will defend. But we will be having possession or trying to get possession most of the time, so we will be playing an attacking game,” said Faria, at his first press conference as Duhail coach.
Faria, who worked as an assistant to Mourinho at a number of top clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan for around 17 years, took his first job at the helm with Qatari champions Duhail where he was unveiled on Wednesday.
“It’s a pleasure for me to be here, it’s an honour to work for this club Duhail.
“Qatar has big interests in sports projects. There is Aspire Academy, Aspetar, and it’s going to host the World Cup in 2022 and these are only some of the examples of Qatar’s interest in sports.
“Duhail have the same kind of ambitions, they share the same interest in football and that’s one of the main reasons I’m here. To bring my contribution, to bring my experience to help improve the club day by day, in the training sessions, in different competitions with the right approach and the experience I have with me for many and many years working in places that I have worked in the past,” said Faria.
The 43-year-old, who left Manchester United last May, said he did not consult with Mourinho about his decision to join Duhail.
"No, I didn't seek an opinion from Jose, this was my decision," Faria said.
Duhail Vice-President Khalifa Khamis Al Sulaiti said he hoped Faria would be a big success.
“Thank God we finally managed to sign coach Rui Faria after a long negotiation. We hope to reach success with him,” said Al Sulaiti, who also took the opportunity to congratulate Qatar players, the Qatar Football Association, Aspire Academy and everyone related to the game in the country for Al Annabi’s run to the quarterfinals of Asian Cup in the UAE.
Duhail are two points behind Qatar Stars League leaders Al Sadd and Faria has a big task at hand as they are without two of their two key players who helped them dominate last season.
While Youssef Msakni, who has just recovered from a ligament damage, recently joined Belgian side KAS Eupen, South Korean Nam Tae Hee is out for the season after a similar injury and Al Sulaiti said they would take a decision about bringing in a new player in the next few days.
Nabil Maaloul, who recently left the club, would consider himself unfortunate with injuries to key players, but Duhail were definitely lacking their usual bite under him and Faria’s prime objective would be to bring it back, along with trophies. His challenge starts with a QSL Cup semifinal match against Qatar Sports Club on January 26th.