Qatar coach: 4 players of Annabi deserve to play in the Spanish league

Qatari national team coach Spanish Márquez López confirmed that at least 4 of Al-Anabi's players are capable of playing professionally in the Spanish football league, revealing that their future with the Asian Cup holder will be determined after Saturday's final. Will be done. Jordan.

Regarding his future, López – who took over as coach of Al-Anabi less than two months before the tournament, succeeding Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz – said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca: “I Don't know! In principle, the plan was to stay during these two months. I have a contract with Al-Wakrah until “in 2025, we'll see what happens after the final”.

“At least four people from my team can play in the Spanish league,” Lopez said without naming anyone.

The national team's star and top scorer at the tournament, Akram Afif (5 goals), had 3 playing experiences on the European continent with Villarreal, Spain's Sporting Gijón and Belgium's Opien, before joining the ranks of Al Sadd in 2018. The previous edition's top scorer, Almoez Ali (9 goals), played culturally in the Spanish Leonesa, and in 2016, he became the first Qatari player to score in the Spanish league.

“Qatar is closest to the title”

Regarding his expectations for the final match and whether he agrees that his team is the closest candidate for the title, López said, “Yes, because we are the hosts, the defending champions… but I can tell you one thing. Will tell: Earlier in the tournament they beat us 2-1 in a friendly match. It is a very tough team and with a coach who knows us well. He is (Moroccan) Hussein Amouta.

The Spanish coach explained that after the victory over Iran in the semi-finals, he received many congratulatory messages from Spain: “When I arrived in the locker room, I had about 300 messages. Friends like Lotina, Valverde… and others like Xavi Hernández and Like Leo… I know a lot of people like that… “People are happy, because I was a coach who wore many hats to get here. This final validates my work over many years.”

Lopez, 62, said, “Qatar has a population of 3.3 million. The truth is that we have beaten Iran, which has a population of 8.8 million! The difference is terrible! So, reaching the Asian Cup final twice in a row is tremendous. Is success.”

Lopez instructs his players during the 3-2 win over Iran (Getty)

The coach, nicknamed “Tantin” – a nickname given to him by Capón (a former Rayo Vallecano player when he was 18, when López had thick hair at the time) – explained that Spanish coaches had worked wonders with the Qatar national team. The team, “including former coach Felix Sanchez, of course.” “Part of this success is because of them, and I told them this. Xavi and Leo were in a very good team (Al-Sadd), and they have the same quality.”

López concluded that he would not return to his former club Espanyol, saying “I will leave Qatar for my home in Barcelona to retire and relax.”

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