Ali Maaloul to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed: We did not expect this result against Esperance, and there are 90 minutes left
Ali Maaloul, the star of the Egyptian Al-Ahly team, revealed after his team’s match, in which it defeated Tunisia’s Esperance Sports Club, in the “Hammadi Al-Aqrabi” stadium in Rades, in the capital, Tunis, with three clean goals, in the first leg of the semi-final round of the African Champions League competition, that he did not expect the result that his team won. in match.
Ali Maaloul said, in exclusive statements to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed after the match, that Al-Ahly, despite this, could have won by a greater score: “We created many opportunities to score, and we could have added other goals, as the early goal made it easier for us to rest the confrontation.”-
The Tunisian national team player added: “We will prepare for the return match in a distinguished atmosphere after the result we achieved in Rades, but we must be careful. Just as we won by a wide margin, Esperance is a great team and can also win with a great result in Egypt.”-
In response to a question related to the absence of the Esperance fans from the confrontation, Ali Maaloul said: “It is a positive matter for us, as the Esperance fans are known for their constant support for the team, but we tried to focus all our attention on what is inside the stadium.”
The star of the Egyptian Al-Ahly team concluded his statements, saying: “We have not decided to qualify. Esperance has nothing to lose and will play in order to return, so we must prepare for all surprises.”