Robert Alberts: Players need to realise Malaysia Cup's importance

Now that Sarawak have edged closer to Malaysia Cup glory, head coach Robert Alberts wants his men to be aware of its importance

Sarawak head coach, Robert Alberts wants the Crocs to realise the importance of handling pressure while competing in a high-profile tournament.

According to the Borneo Post, Robert Alberts said: “As we progress further, the expectation gets higher and atmosphere will also get more tense for the players.

"It is important that we manage these things well and not let it disrupt our game.”

He, however, believes that his players are capable of absorbing all the pressure provided that they stay focused on their football.

“Things like these are normal in a competition but we still need to remind ourselves and prepare ourselves well for the tournament,” he added.

Sarawak qualified for the semifinals after defeating Sime Darby 3-1in the second leg of their quarterfinal clash last Saturday.

The two teams had earlier played to a scoreless draw in the first leg.

Commenting on the last match, Alberts observed that the Crocs were somewhat shaky especially in the early minutes of the match prompting them to concede an early goal.

“We were indeed stunned by the early goal and I think we conceded that goal too easily.

"I hope the players will not commit the same error again in the next match,” he warned.

Despite the early shock, Sarawak put on a better display as the match progressed, thanks to solid defending and Muamer Salibasic’s hat-trick.

Alberts thanked fans for inspiring the Crocs to have advanced this far in the tournament.

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