PANJIM: Al Rayyan SC might not had the best campaign in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League finishing bottom of Group E, however, their coach Laurent Blanc was pleased with the organisation of the tournament, during the trouble times.
During his post-match press conference after their final group league match, Blanc didn’t waste the opportunity to praise the organisers and said, “I saw the organisation (of Group E), and it was very good. I know it’s not easy to organise tournaments like these (during such times), so thank you so very much.”
The 55-year-old had special words of praise for the pitch at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, where all the AFC Champions League Group E matches were held.
“The conditions, especially the pitch was really good, despite there being many games on this pitch,” quipped Blanc. “Thank you very much for the welcome. It was very kind. And maybe we will see you again next year.”
Blanc, who is widely known around the world for being a part of the famous French side that won the FIFA World Cup 1998 and the UEFA Euro 2000, thanked the organisers, stating that it is “not easy” to organise such tournaments during these testing times.
Praises also poured in from Persepolis FC head coach Yahya Golmohammadi who hailed the hospitality that his team received in Goa. “I thank the Federation for organising these matches and everyone from all statures, who helped in the hospitality. Everyone did their best,” said Golmohammadi.
“I am more than happy that we have gained some fans in India. I assure you, this shows how good the relation between the two countries is. It’s very amicable and friendly,” he said. “We have a lot in common in the cultural aspect, and football helps develop that relationship, friendship, and peace to bring the two countries closer together.”