New record for Espérance in the Champions League
Espérance player Khalil Chemmam and Aymen Belaïd of Etoile du Sahel in Radès
The occasion was the return leg of the round of sixteen of the previous edition, eventually won by the Blood and Gold.
Nabil Maâloul’s men have since strung together nineteen matches without a single defeat in the C1, scoring 36 goals and only conceding 9.
But this victory against their rival also represents a big step towards the semi-finals for the Taraji club, who have had a clear round in the group phase in Group A until now.
“To garner nine out of nine possible points shows that the reigning African champion is present again and again,” the coach of the Blood and Gold did not neglect to highlight, as he took care to pay tribute to his protégés at the end of the match.
“What made the difference was my players’ insatiable desire to win - in the same way that they have won almost all their duels - which allowed us to master each section of the game,” stated Maâloul.
But as for the Tunisians, the route leading towards the champion’s title is still a long one. “We still have three matches remaining in this group, and we must take them all seriously. We have the status of African champion to preserve and we will aim to win in all our matches,” warned the Espérance coach.