Ahead of today’s first leg final of the Total CAF Champions League, below are some words of key actors from both sides during Thursday’s press conference;
Faouzi Benzarti (Head Coach, Wydad)
We believe in our chances to win the title. We have good players and we are mentally and physically ready to fight. It is a derby match, and it will be decided by simple details. We have worked so hard on these details.
Generally, the matches between teams from the two countries are difficult, especially if it is a final. I think we have got good relations; the game will pass in good conditions.
Esperance is a strong team, I respect and appreciate them. They have a group of outstanding players, who have played together for several seasons. They know me well, they know my style, and I know them well.
Brahim Nakach (Captain, Wydad)
We have reached the final because we have respected all the opponents on our way here. Esperance players know us, and we also know them. We will try to focus on their weaknesses.
I hope we will perform well and showcase the beauty of Moroccan and African football. We have seen our fans having so many difficulties to get a ticket. We will do all our best to satisfy them.
It’s a derby and you know how difficult it is. Wydad play well and are strong at home, but we believe in our players who are ready to defend our title. It all starts here in the first leg game.
Very simple things can be decisive in a championship’s final. We have to concentrate, and we are here to repeat what we did in 2011 when we beat Wydad.
Haytham Jouini (Forward, Esperance)
Wydad is a strong team as we all know. However, we will do all what we can to beat them. It is a dream for a player to play the CAF Champions League final. We will do our best to win it.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)