Morais turns attention to the Malaysia Cup

Ulisses Morais, TMJ, Johor Darul Ta'zim, Super League

Ulisses Morais emulated Bojan Hodak and Mario Gomez in guiding Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) to the Super League title. The Portuguese was on hand to receive his winner's medal on Wednesday after JDT easily defeated Kelantan 3-0 at Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium.

Morais who took over from Benjamin Mora midway through the season, was able to complete the job that was passed on to him. Despite his troubles in the AFC Cup, Mora did lead JDT to the top of the table before relinquishing duties to Morais.

However the celebrations will have to come to a temporary stop as the matches continue to come thick and fast. JDT will welcome the visit of Melaka United in Sunday's Malaysia Cup quarterfinal second leg, holding a 4-1 lead from the first leg. 

Morais is looking to ensure that the players are kept fresh, with the season heading into the final bend and thus may look to make a few changes to the team to ensure that unwanted injuries can be prevented.

"We are on a good run ahead of the next game. But like always we respect the opponents, in this case - Melaka. But we are looking to perhaps make some changes with an eye on the players in better physical position." 

"We have players who have played a lot so we want to manage that. We want to win the Malaysia Cup and now make sure that we must get to the semi-final. We'll try to win because we are playing at home," said Morais in the post-match press conference on Wednesday.

Having been at the club for three months, Morais was grateful for the opportunity that he has received, on top of the wonderful support from all that are involved with the club. 

"I'm very happy that we came here to a big club with good players and staffs. Everybody worked with us every day and we got plenty of help. TMJ [HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim] is a fantastic owner. He has a vision of the future and we live by that. It makes our work, our project very easy," added Morais.

Should JDT complete the job against Melaka on Sunday, their semi-final opponent will be one of Perak or Pahang, with Pahang holding a 3-1 lead going into the second leg in Ipoh.