Determination will drive Al Hilal, vows Lucescu
Riyadh: It will be a fearless Al Hilal SFC that will take to the King Saud University Stadium for the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League final on Saturday.
Awaiting them will be two-time winners Urawa Red Diamonds, who denied Al Hilal their maiden AFC Champions League title in 2017, but head coach Razvan Lucescu said desire, not fear, is what the Saudi Arabia club will take into the final.
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"Fear doesn't win football matches. Desire, passsion and determination do and that is what we will bring to the pitch tomorrow," said Lucescu at the pre-match press conference in Riyadh on Friday.
"In football, if you go in with fear, you have no chance and I believe we have a great chance."
Lucescu is on the verge of guiding Al Hilal to the Continental title they desperately want and the Romanian said he is glad to have taken them within touching distance.
"From the first day I assumed the post, all that was said to me was about winning the AFC Champions League. It was said over and over again and we are now almost there."
"It is only the first round but we know how important it is and we are fully motivated.
"Everybody is waiting for this game, we are confident but at the same time, we know that concentration for this kind of match is very important."
Al Hilal have somewhat gone off the boil since seeing off Qatar's Al Sadd in the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals, with their domestic form having taken a bit of a dive.
Lucescu said this wasn't a major concern for him.
"Our attention may have dropped a little bit after winning the semi-finals but that is normal. The AFC Champions League has been our target since the start of the season.
"We are still top of the league and in the AFC Champions League final, and I am confident that we can achieve what we desire."
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