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Al Jazira say coach Luis Milla's job is safe despite Al Shabab rout

Since taking over the team on January 22, coach Luis Milla has won just one of 11 matches with Al Jazira and is coming off a 5-1 drubbing to Al Shabab, writes Amith Passela.

Al Jazira coach Luis Milla has posted just one victory with the team since he took over January 22. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Al Jazira coach Luis Milla has posted just one victory with the team since he took over January 22. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

ABU DHABI // Luis Milla's job at Al Jazira is safe despite the team's worst defeat of the season.

The 2011 Pro League champions went down 5-1 to Al Shabab on Monday, taking the Spaniard's record as coach to one win, five draws and five defeats in all competitions since he took charge from the dismissed Brazilian, Paulo Bonamigo, on February 22.

"Changes are not the answers for the poor results at this stage of the season because nothing is going to happen at this point," said an official of the club who requested anonymity.

"We still have the Etisalat Cup to play for, a last-16 round in the Asian Champions League and finish in second place in the league."

Jazira have allowed 28 goals in 11 games across three competitions under Milla.

"First of all, I would like to apologise to the Jazira fans, who came here from Abu Dhabi to watch their team, especially for the way our team played in the second half," Milla said after Shabab game.

"We have played a very bad game. We are professionals and we know that results are what matter, but we will keep working hard, keep working to find the spirit of the team, a spirit where we help each other because sometimes they don't seem to be playing as a team."

Jazira play the Pro League's bottom team, Kalba, on Saturday ahead of their home meeting with Tractor Sazi of Iran in the Asian Champions League next Wednesday.

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