No one can dispute the Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ain are “the best team in the country” after their 3-Zero dismantling of Alvaro Negredo’s floundering Al Nasr, in response to coach Zoran Mamic.
The 2017/18 high flight and President’s Cup winners put in an imperious efficiency on Friday evening at Maktoum bin Rashid Stadium.
Goals from Sweden No9 Marcus Berg, Japan utility man Tsukasa Shiotani and improved Brazilian ahead Caio made it an ideal three wins from three for the holders, whereas making it the reverse state of affairs for pointless hosts who hoped to be celebrating the much-anticipated bow of ex-Spain, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Manchester City and Besiktas striker Negredo.
“I do not really care how much we scored and how we came back to Al Ain with the three points,” mentioned Mamic, whose troops subsequent entertain Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club on Friday for one of many calendar’s glamour fixtures.
“The reality is that Al Ain is the perfect team within the nation.
“The causes for this are multiple, however I’ll summarise them to you in two methods.
“The first is the robust persona of all at Al Ain and the capabilities of the team’s finest players.
“There are also technical and statistical objects that I do not like talking about as an Al Ain coach.”
A slide sort out from Nasr’s ex-France midfielder Yohan Cabaye sadly performed Berg in to lash home a second goal in two top-flight appearances.
The lead was doubled on 30 minutes when Shiotani nodded in Caio’s nook, with the latter later changing a 74th-minute penalty.
Negredo then noticed his poor spot-kick saved, down the center, by UAE goalkeeper Khalid Essa to make sure a debut to neglect after Tuesday’s transfer from Besiktas.
Mamic has been engaged in an ongoing row about contact time together with his massive nationwide team contingent since final month. He believed ample preparation had fuelled this resounding end result
He mentioned: “Throughout the game, Al Ain confirmed a powerful fighting spirit, nice focus and intelligence, and deserved to return from the stadium with the full three factors.
“I imagine that the efficiency and results of the match is an effective step for the team within the title race.
“The distinction lies within the preparation interval.
“Before the Al Dhafra match, there was not sufficient time to equip the team after the return of the internationals from the UAE team.
“But before this game, we held five training sessions.”
Sorry Nasr subsequent journey to promoted Ittihad Kalba on Friday.
They are certainly one of solely three groups who’re but to keep away from defeat within the early weeks of this top-flight campaign.