Al Ain FC boss Zoran Mamic not satisfied with 1-1 AFC Champions League draw against Zob Ahan

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The Croatian tactician felt his team deserved more from the encounter...

Al Ain FC coach Zoran Mamic was left disappointed with his team's 1-1 draw against Iranian side Zob Ahan in their opening fixture of the 2017 AFC Champions League (ACL).

"Surely I am not happy with the outcome of our first game in the AFC Champions League, especially since my team was the closest to win as seen in the first half of the play, where we had control of the game but wasted a host of chances in front of goal."

He added: "In the second-half, we did not show the required level and though we had several chances to score, the visitors managed to register a goal from one of the two attacks they made and are certainly very pleased with the result at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium."

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The Croatian cited a lack in fitness levels as a possible reason for being unable to take their chances.

"The truth is we are required to concentrate in front of goal, lifting the fitness rate, which fell because of pressure from the games and during the next training sessions we will work on the development of the team's performance to achieve the best results."

Despite missing a few key players through injury, Mamic remains confident of his team's ability to recover and finish the season strongly. 

"There are a number of important players away from the squad due to injury. And we have to to move according to the possibilities available and personally I am confident in the ability of my team to finish the season well."

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The Al Ain boss also explained his thinking behind benching Shamrani and using Diacah in the starting lineup. 

"I took the decision because I see Diacah as a different player who can play in different circumstances and planned to play against Zob Ahan who rely on a defensive block. As for Shamrani, I have talked to him about my decision and he understands my point of view. It does not matter who plays, but always the most important is to play as a team. "

Al Ain face Bunyodkor next in the AFC Champions League on February 28.

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