Gallardo, Hegazy Talk Tough Ahead Of Champions League Showdown

Written By Jacobs Dunga

The Saudi Arabian champions will line out against their counterparts from Iran on Monday.

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One of Saudi Pro League representatives and reigning champions Al Ittihad will on Monday welcome Sepahan to Jeddah for a Champions League tie.

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The Marcelo Gallardo led side will be playing for top spot against their Iranian opponents.

Currently on 12 points, the Tigers sit top of the group with Sepahan close behind on ten.

A draw will see them confirm top spot as well as secure qualification to the next round and Gallardo is optimistic his boys will get the job done.

“Tomorrow’s match is a great chance for us to show our strength, and clinch the lead.” He said during the press conference ahead of the game.

“We’ll play with our best available options, while respecting the tournament’s rules regarding the limited use of five professional players.”

On the returning Egyptian defender, “Ahmed Hegazi will be eased back into the team progressively, in line with the guidance from our medical staff. They will set a specific number of playing minutes to prepare for his full return, which we expect to be a valuable boost for the team.” He concluded.


“Every game we play is crucial and the AFC Champions League is a particularly important competition for us given our extensive history in it.” He said as he spoke alongside his coach.

“We are going into tomorrow’s game with the aim of securing and cementing our lead on the pitch.”

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“I want to extend my gratitude to the medical and rehabilitation team and the club’s management for their professionalism and support during my recent recovery.

“It’s an incredible feeling to be back with the team, and I am eager to help achieve the goals that all our fans and supporters are longing for.”

“Given our packed match schedule, it’s essential to rotate players to ensure we reach the Club World Cup in top physical form.”

Hegazy joined the Tigers from West Brom in 2021 and was part of the title winning team under Nuno Espírito Santo. He has over 80 caps for the Egyptian national team.

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