Al Arabi coach Pierre Lechantre says he cannot blame his players for their dismal and pointless AFC Champions League (ACL) campaign so far after Wednesday's 4-0 home loss to Bani Yas.
The Qatari outfit have been forced to field a young and inexperienced line-up during the 2012 ACL and the Frenchman, who will soon become the Senegal national team boss, insisted that's the reason for their early exit where they haven't claimed a point.
“I entered the war without guns,” Lechantre told reporters.
“I cannot blame the players because they did their best. But although they are very good players, they lacked the experience of playing at this level.”
Bani Yas' victory has moved them into second spot in Group B ahead of their final game at home to Pakhtakor who are a point behind in third.
The UAE club's boss Gabriel Calderon said: “I’m very happy that we still have the chance to go to the next round.
“However, we must still play Pakhtakor in our final game and I expect that they will play a strong counter-attacking game against us.”