The 16th round of the AFC Champions League takes the via Monday, with a clash between Al Hilal and his Iranian host, Esteghlal, at the UAE’s Al Wasl Club Zabeel Stadium.
Al-Hilal, in looking for a place in the quarter-finals, he qualified for the round in course after finishing second in the first group he hosted in Riyadh, with 10 points in 6 games, while Esteghlal qualified as group C leader with 11 points in 6 matches.
Although Al Hilal was not at his best during the group stage which was held last April, and only qualified after the end of the second round matches among the top three teams that finished runners-up among five groups in Asia Western, is currently considered the pinnacle of his technical and physical readiness, kindly on the many illustrious names in his ranks.
Despite this, the Saudi team is witnessing the absence of nationals Abdullah Atif, injured during his participation with the national team, and Muhammad Kanoo due to the accumulation of cards.
The team from the capital has made changes to the foreign names that will participate with it in the tournament, in what included the new duo, the Malian Moussa Marega and the Brazilian Matthews Pereira, as well as the French Bafetimbi Gomez and the South Korean Jang Hyun Soo.
Thus, Al Hilal has illustrious names in all lines that Portuguese manager Leonardo Jardim can count on to return with the qualifying card.On the other hand, Istiklal is considered one of the strongest teams on the continent, and despite the lack of a number of its players who have moved in others club, led by Mahdi Qaidi, who moved to Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, attracted a number of players to make up for absences and Al Hilal’s mission had arrived in Dubai in preparation to meet Iranian independence.
The team di Al Hilal had conducted a training session in Riyadh before leaving for Dubai, under the supervision of his coach Jardim, and witnessed the participation of team leader Salman Al-Faraj after recovering from the illness to which he was exposed, and is ready to participate in Tomorrow’s Match, and it has been decided that Al Hilal will do his training at the match stadium today, he will be light to keep the players away from fatigue.
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