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Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron wary of upset in league trip to Al Masry

6:30 PM IST 06/08/18
Al-Ahly Cairo
The Cairo giants started their 2018/19 Egyptian Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Ismaily last week

 Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron is taking a cautious approach as they prepare for Tuesday’s league match away at Al Masry.

On top of Al Ahly's agenda is getting their campaign back on track after dropping two points in their opening league match against Ismaily last week.

The Ismaily match left Carteron lamenting many missed chances as they needed an injury time equaliser by Mohamed Sherif to salvage a point.

Now facing an Al Masry side that began the league race with a 1-0 win over El-Gouna, as well as enjoying some fine form in the Caf Confederation Cup, Carteron has a new form of respect for his opponents.

“We respect all opponents and as I said before, all our matches in all competitions are going to be hard, especially that all our opponents do their best when they face Al Ahly,” Kingfut quoted Carteron as saying.

“Al Masry is a special club that I am carefully following. I saw a number of their games, their opening game against El-Gouna and their games against RSB Berkane in the Caf Confederation Cup.

“They are a team that I respect and have special players in their squad on a technical and physical level. I trust my players’ abilities to grab their first win in the league this season.

“I talked with the players about avoiding the mistakes we did in the Ismaily match like chances we wasted in the first half that could have been enough to change the way the game went.”

Al Ahly are bidding to defend the Egyptian Premier League and to catch up with bitter rivals Zamalek who shot to the top on Saturday, this was after hammering Al Ittihad 5-1.

Zamalek started their campaign with a draw against Petrojet.