Al Hilal build up for Al Ahli tie
Lienz: Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal SFC have been based in Austria since Tuesday for pre-season training before they embark on the next phase of the 2019 AFC Champions League.
The Riyadh club, along with new head coach Răzvan Lucescu, have set up camp in the city of Lienz which will be their base for the duration of their three-week stay in Austria.
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Al Hilal, the most successful club in Saudi Arabia, were denied a 16th league title by Al Nassr in the 2018-19 season.
Lucescu’s side, however, advanced to the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout stage by scoring four wins to top their group ahead of Qatar’s Al Duhail SC and will face domestic rivals Al Ahli for a place in the quarter-finals.
Joining the squad in Austria is United Arab Emirates’ star Omar Abdulrahman, who is continuing his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered last October during a Saudi Pro League match against Al Shabab Riyadh.
The two-time AFC Champions League winners have been focusing on fitness and technical aspects in the first few days of their training camp.
Al Hilal will return to Saudi Arabia on July 23, before facing Al Ahli in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League. The two-legged tie takes place on August 6 and 13.
Photo: AFC Files
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