Abu Dhabi: Walter Zenga, the head coach of Al Jazira, made his concerns clear despite his team’s 3-2 win over Al Rayyan in their opening match of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday night.
“The only positive thing we achieved are the three points but I am not satisfied or happy with the fashion in which we conceded two goals,” said the Italian World Cupper.
Al Jazira went into a 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes and could have scored more had the strikers not been profligate with their final touch. They instead allowed their opponents to score a goal from a long-ranger and, despite going 3-1 ahead by the end of regulation time, their custodian Ali Khaseef couldn’t prevent the ball slipping through to opposing striker Kalu Uche, who made no mistake with his shot in the second minute of injury-time.
The visitors’ second goal virtually sparked panic in the Al Jazira camp.
“Allowing easy goals will hot help us to go further in the competition,” Zenga added, before adding: “Missing sitters will reduce our chances. We started the match brilliantly and scored two quick goals and went on to dominate most of the match. However, we committed some basic individual mistakes that made us concede two goals. We have work to do and I will sit with the players and explain the mistakes we committed in our attempts to iron them out. We have enough days to correct our flaws.”
Al Jazira now lead Group A with three points. Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia have the same tally after beating Iran’s Esteghlal by a single goal.
Al Jazira next face Al Shabab in Riyadh on March 11 in a crucial encounter.