Al Ain is the Most Seriously Affected by the Erroneous Decisions While Not Underestimating Referees’ Performance.. Pedro Emmanuel: We Missed Many Players This Match … If They Were with Us, Result Will Be Different


“The final result of the match shows that Shabab Al Ahli was better than my team in the most minutes of the match,” Pedro stated in the post-match of his team against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai held at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Friday 5th February 2021.

He added: “We were about to score in the early minutes of the match by Laba Kodjo. Should we invest it in the right way, things will be different. It is a fact that when you score early, the team will play with confidence as they will be highly motivated to exert more pressure on the opponent.”

Pedro pointed out that he could not have a fixed lineup for players joining the UAE national team and injuries over the past weeks. “However, the players are doing their best, and I believe that small details made the difference in such a clash match.”

He went on to say: “We conceded the first goal from the penalty point, and I do not want to say that it was not a right decision. The referee should go and check the case on the VAR screen. It is this goal that boosts the gusts’ confidence. We have to close this chapter and focus on our upcoming match. Indeed, we are missing many key players, and should they were here tonight, the match result will be absolutely different.”

Before concluding his statement, Pedro stated that we forget things quickly, but I have to remind you of our first leg match with Shabab Al Ahli when the referee did not grant Al Ain a penalty kick in the last minutes of the game.

“Today, yes, the guests deserve to win the three points, but that match we deserved to win its three points.”

He finally addressed a message to the referees to deal with Al Ain as any other team and be fair all the time. “Our team played against Al Nasr 68 minutes down by one man due to a wrong decision made by the referee, and the same happened in our recent match against Al Jazira. We are experiencing hard times, and congrats for Shabab Al Ahli Dubai.”