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Al Duhail Coach: our game against strong Al-Ahly will be tough but beautiful

The French boss spoke of his side's hotly anticipated opening game of the club World Cup against African champions Al-Ahly, expecting it to be tough and beautiful at the same time.

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Al Duhail Coach: our game against strong Al-Ahly will be tough but beautiful
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The head coach of Qatari side Al Duhail, Sabri Lamouchi, expressed his excitement about his team's first fixture in the FIFA Club World Cup against Al-Ahly, describing the Egyptian team as a powerful opponent who overcame tough rivals in the African interclub competition.

"It's going to be a tough encounter against a powerful side who won the CAF Champions League title over another fierce Egyptian rival in a wonderful final game," the French coach told Bein Sports.

Lamouchi lauds Al-Ahly's players

He also praised Al-Ahly's players for their abilities on the technical level, saying: "Al-Ahly have a squad filled with players with great technical skills, that's why it's going to be a beautiful game."

"It's a great chance to face UEFA champions in the second game, but firstly we have to stay focused on the first game as we have got a chance to make Qatari football proud".

Al Duhail, who represent the host country in the competition, are to take on Al-Ahly on 4 February with the winner set to clash with 2020 UEFA Champions League titleholders Bayern Munich in the tournament's semi-final.

Both teams are currently second in their domestic leagues:

Al Duhail currently lie in the second spot of Qatar stars league standings with 28 points, 10 points behind Al-Sadd who have one game in hand, while Al-Ahly are second in the Egyptian league with 17 points behind Zamalek who earned 19 points in the first seven weeks of the competition.