Saudi giants counting on home ground advantage

Confident Al Hilal coach Laurentiu Reghecampf believes his side’s “power” will see them overturn a first goal deficit against Western Sydney Wanderers FC to win the AFC Champions League.

The Saudi giants have it all to do in next week’s second leg after losing 1-0 at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night thanks to Tomi Juric’s second half goal.

Despite dominating for large periods, Al Hilal – hot favourites before the final – couldn’t make the most of  their string of chances and now have a heap of pressure on them heading back to Riyadh.

“I’m sure after six days we will play the next game and I’m sure we will win,” Rechecampf declared.

“We only need to score one goal and we’re going to see which atmosphere is going to win in the end.

“For us 65000 people and for all the fans, we’re going to try to win the Cup

“I don’t want to take about (the Wanderers). They win the game but I’m sure we will have power (in the second leg) and change the result.”

Reghecampf denied the introduction of Juric 13 minutes after the break swung the momentum of the game in the home side’s favour and says it was his own side’s mistakes that cost them in the end.

“In the second half again we had three or four chances but in the end we have to put the ball inside the goal,” he lamented.

“(Western) Sydney did a great job but normally we should score two or three goals and it will be different.

“We lost the game. I’m not happy about that but I’m sure in the next game we’re going to win.

“Now we know better the game from (Western) Sydney and I hope we will get a little bit of luck and score one or two goals.”

Al Hilal will get experienced striker Yasser Al Qahtani back for the second leg after he missed Saturday night’s clash through suspension.