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Asian Champions League: Sultan Bargash urges Al Jazira to find solutions

The Al Jazira midfielder Sultan Bargash has sprung to the defence of his coach Luis Milla, who has come under fire after just three games at the club, writes Amith Passela.

Al Jazira coach Luis Milla during the Pro League match between Al Jazira and Dibba Al Fujairah last week in Abu Dhabi. Jake Badger for The National
Al Jazira coach Luis Milla during the Pro League match between Al Jazira and Dibba Al Fujairah last week in Abu Dhabi. Jake Badger for The National

ABU DHABI // The Al Jazira midfielder Sultan Bargash has sprung to the defence of his coach Luis Milla, who has come under fire after just three games at the club.

Bargash has urged the fans to show solidarity to the team and the coach when they meet Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia in Tuesday night's Asian Champions League Group A match at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.

"What we need at this moment is to find solutions and not excuses. For that, we need a collective effort from every one," Bargash said at the pre-match press conference on Monday.

"As players we have to do our part well to help the coach. We want to forget the past results and look ahead if we are looking for a good result from this game and we are confident to achieve that."

Milla's first game in charge ended in a 3-1 defeat to Tractor Sazi of Iran in the Champions League, they then lost 1-0 to the leaders Al Ain and drew 3-3 with Dibba Al Fujairah in the Pro League.

"The draw against Dibba was a bit disappointing after two good efforts in the earlier games," Milla said.

"We have sorted out some of the problems we have had in that game and now look ahead for a better result against Shabab.

"As we told earlier, we will put maximum effort in the ACL. We are facing a strong opponent.

"They play a compact game and will try unsettle us at the beginning."

Michel Preud'homme, the Shabab coach, believes a new coach can sometimes be an advantage and sometimes not.

"When a club makes the decision to change the coach they feel they can do better," the Belgian said.

"Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I realised when I analysed some games the tactics changed.

"I saw them play a lot of games they played in a 4-4-2 in a diamond under the old coach [Paulo Bonamigo] and now I see more of 4-3-2-1 tactic used by Milla."

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