Al Ain coach blasts critics following Super Cup triumph
Al Ain coach Zlatko Dalic blasted his critics after seeing his team win the Arabian Gulf Super Cup with a 4-2 triumph against Al Nasr at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Dalic, in the post-match press briefing, revealed he had to let out all the frustrations that he had kept inside him for the last three months — ever since Al Ain were knocked out of the AFC Champions League by Dubai side Al Ahli.
Not only the fans, but many within the club, were gunning for his head and took to social media to slam the Croatian for his inability to take The Boss into the quarter-finals of the continental showpiece.
Dalic said: “When we drew with Al Ahli and went out of the Champions League, there was so much said. I didn’t say anything and all I did was to get home and spend time alone. I didn’t want to give any comment then.
“Has anybody in the history of Al Ain achieved this feat [winning three major trophies], tell me? Tell me one big name who has done what I have done as coach. I’m here one-and-a-half years and not five years. I took the President’s Cup, the Arabian Gulf League and the Super Cup, but my problem is I’m quiet.
“I didn’t want to fight and I believe in doing my job. Whoever is against me, I’m not bothered about anybody. I know that my job is to get trophies for Al Ain. I know I have to work hard for that and, more importantly, be honest in my work.”
Taking a further dig at his detractors, Dalic said that he wanted to thank all the Al Ain fans who “understand football”.
“I checked in the last 12 years, three times Al Ain went past the group stages in the Champions League and two times was with me. That’s why I say thank you to Al Ain fans who understand football. They sit in their armchairs seeing the TV, sipping tea and write whatever they want on Twitter. You people attack me for what?
“I had no support from anyone and I was pushing myself on to do the job. For three months, I was quiet. I’m the coach of Al Ain Club, the biggest club, and if not I will say thank you and go and join other club. I had to open my heart today as I really needed to bring out what was inside.
“All I can say is I will work hard for this team till the last day I work with this club.”