Wydad won’t play it again the same way in Casablanca

Author: ARAB NEWSSat, 2017-11-04 03:00ID: 1509743270379213700LONDON: Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta said it would be “suicidal” to try and defend the 1-1 CAF Champions League final first-leg draw when they meet Al-Ahly today.A goalless second-leg at the Stade Mohammed V would give the Moroccans victory over the Egyptians on the away-goal rule in the title decider of African club football’s premier competition.But Amotta believes “parking the bus” and sitting back as they did in the first-leg is not an option as Wydad seek to win the competition for the second time in their history.“Ahly boast one of the best attacks in Africa so it would be suicidal to sit back and defend against them, hoping to win on away goals,” the 48-year-old said.“We must attack because there are flaws in the Ahly defense, while not giving our opponents space to catch us on the counter.“Wydad achieved a great result in Egypt by holding Ahly, one of the most experienced clubs in the continent.“But this final is far from decided. I want my players to relax, attack when it is opportune and try very hard to score the first goal.”Wydad, making their third appearance in the final, having won the competition in 1992 and then losing to Esperance of Tunisia six years ago, boast a perfect Champions League home record this year of six victories.Among their victims were Al-Ahly in the group stage with goals from now-departed Congo Brazzaville striker Fabrice Ondama and midfielder Walid El-Karty delivering a 2-0 win. Al-Ahly may be on the back foot having squandered numerous chances in Alexandria with Morocco-born Walid Azaro the chief culprit. The Egyptians, eight-time winners, have a mixed away record this season, winning twice, drawing twice and losing twice. They will, however, be encouraged, though, by a win and a draw from three previous visits to Wydad in the competition.And their coach, Hossam El-Badry, was hopeful of a second title under his watch, having guided the club to 2012 glory in a previous spell at the helm.“We did not exploit our chances in the first leg and were denied an obvious penalty,” the 57-year-old said.“Our overall performance was impressive and I believe in the abilities of my players. We will fight to achieve victory until the final whistle sounds.”
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