Azar Bagirov: I didn't expect that from Qarabag"

15 April 2024 14:55
Azar Bagirov: I didn't expect that from Qarabag"

"The game started very surprisingly. In the first minute, the goal broke Araz-Nakhchivan."

The former head coach of Araz-Nakhchivan Azar Bagirov told

The 39-year-old coach evaluated Elmar Bakhshiyev's first test at the regional representative. He said that the Nakhchivan representative had chances in the 0:3 defeat against Neftchi: "Araz-Nakhchivan pulled themselves together during the match. In the course of the meeting, they also made the opponent sit in their own penalty area. Knowing the team, I can safely say that despite the score, they played football. There was a comeback in the match, but Neftchi changed their strategy and started playing on the counter-attack. The people of Nakhchivan were lucky. If they could have used the episodes, the result could have been different."

Bagirov also commented on the 2:3 defeat of Qarabag to Sabah: "Since Gurban Gurbanov's team has officially won the championship, it seems that it cannot show its full strength. Sometimes there are situations when players feel full. This can be seen more in Abdellah Zoubir. The match was very interesting for the fans. There were many goals, there was intensity. I did not expect Qarabag to lose. At least I thought it would be a draw."

According to him, one of the most interesting matches of the tour was the match between Gabala and Turan Tovuz (1:2). Bagirov said that the main reason for the defeat of Kakhaber Tskhadadze's team is the central line: the return of Turan-Tovuz was interesting. They report that there was a goalkeeper's mistake during Tovuz representative's goal. But I don't think so. Christophe Atangana saved the team in many episodes. The center of the field, positions number "6" and "8" were the main reason for the loss of Gabala. These positions were weak and were very weak in the defense plan."

It should be noted that Qarabag is the leader with 72 points after 30 rounds. Neftchi is 2nd with 47 points, Zira is 3rd, 1 point behind.

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