Mamic: "Madrid like a Mercedes and Al Ain like a Smart car"
The Croatian manager of Al Ain spoke about his side's chances against Real Madrid in the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday and was not optimistic.
Zoran Mamić, Al Ain's manager, spoke to the press ahead of their clash against Real Madrid in the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday.
How do you feel?
"It's very nice to be here with you. What I can say is that Real Madrid is the best team in the world and we can't compare ourselves to them. We are in the final and we are representing a country. We will need to play a really good game and even that might not be enough. The team is very tired because we have played two extra-times. I haven't played and even I'm tired and I am a bit sick but we have the desire to make it complicated for Real Madrid and to take advantage of this opportunity."
What would you say to you players and the fans before the final?
"For us, it has been almost six games in a row. We are tired. The first games were based on motivation and they gave everything. It has been three days since the last game to have the team fresh and I am sure they will play well."
Do Al Ain have a chance?
"Nothing is impossible, not for those who play football and neither for anyone who plays sports. You have a dream and you can have good fortune or a good day. I remember that game between Madrid and Al Jazira and they had good chances to score and they did. Anything is possible and we have to believe and try it. We know Madrid are the best and if they win we will say 'bravo' and we will continue with our competitions."
What could you earn if you are victorious?
"I always want to win. In every game and with every team. But I have to be conscious that the difference between the teams is like that between a Smart car and a Mercedes."