Zamalek coach Jaime Pacheco remains confident his charges can qualify for the CAF Champions League knockout stages despite remaining winless in the group stages.
The Egyptian Premier League side suffered a 3-1 loss to Esperance on Saturday evening, leaving their quarter-final hopes hanging by a thread.
Despite claiming just one point from their opening three games in Group D, Pacheco has not lost hope of moving on to the next round.
“Zamalek dominated the possession in the first-half and we controlled most of it. When we lost our focus for the first time, we conceded a goal, but we succeeded in responding with an equalizer.," he said, as per KingFut.
“We had ambitions to win because we have a great history in the CAF Champions League, so it was not right to end the first-half by awarding Esperance a penalty kick.
“It was natural that things will be more difficult after Fetouh was sent off, and I have to thank the players for their performance until the end of the match.
“We lost the match due to two very small details, and it is natural for Esperance to take advantage of these matters.
“We have not lost the hope of reaching the quarter-finals. We have not lost anything so far, and we will achieve better results in future games,” he added.
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