Al Sadd kickstarted their campaign on an impressive note when they travelled to Jassim bin Hammad but that didn't seem to have lasted long when they conceded four goals, according to the AFC.
The 2011 AFC Champions League winners travelled to Riyadh without the services of striker Baghdad Bounedjah, who is suspended alongside Hassan but manager Xavi firmly believes that his side has enough quality to do the business without the pair.
“It is true that we are missing key players,” explained the 39-year-old, “but we still have a good squad and have other options available to us. We will play as a unit and we are ready to fight until the last minute.”
Xavi's charges have scored nine goals two matches across various competitions despite their first-leg defeat to Al Hilal.
“The first leg result was bad for us,” reflected Xavi, “We are still happy to be here at the AFC Champions League semi-final and in with a fighting chance. We want to give it our best and try to win.
"We know we lost by four goals at home and we know it will be a very difficult chance, but we want to put in a performance we can be proud of."
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