By Ameenu Shardow
Asamoah Gyan-less Al Ain were impressive in their 4-2 win over Dubai Club in the Etisalat Cup.
The UAE champions were without top striker Asamoah Gyan and three others who are away on international duty.
Tuesday’s win underscored the strength in depth of Al Ain as they aim to successfully defend their championship title this term.
Coach Cosmin Olaroiu is excited by the availability of options in his team following the heroics of hat-trick hero Alex Brosque.
He is however counting on a much stronger set when his international stars return for club duty.
“More than goals today, Alex showed his level and quality in movement and play,” said Olaroiu.
“He’s shown he’s a good option for us with or without Asamoah Gyan.
“It was good for us to give chances to other players and for everyone to have the same power and mentality bodes well for the next match when we are all back together.
“It’s a big handicap for us to lose players to their national team or through injury but, like last year, we have to work around this.”