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TotalEnergies CAF Champions League Final: Koller and Cardoso’s Dugout Confrontation Steals Show

As the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League final approaches, the focus sharpens on the tactical duel between Al Ahly’s Marcel Koller and Esperance’s Miguel Azevedo Cardoso.

Marcel Koller, guiding Al Ahly, aims for a record-extending 12th continental crown. Al Ahly remains unbeaten this season over 12 matches, with eight wins and four draws.

Their CAF Champions League streak stands at 20 games without defeat, last losing to Mamelodi Sundowns in March 2023.

Koller’s tenure since September 2022 boasts 18 wins, 7 draws, and only 2 losses in 27 matches.

His strategic expertise led Al Ahly to semi-final victories over Esperance last season.

Victory in this final would mark back-to-back titles for Al Ahly for the fourth time, and Koller’s second CAF Champions League title, adding to his collection of one Egyptian League, three Egyptian Super Cups, and two Egyptian Cups.

On the other side, Miguel Azevedo Cardoso, appointed to Esperance in January 2024, seeks a fifth CAF Champions League title for the Tunisian side. Cardoso aims to overturn last season’s semi-final defeats to Al Ahly.

In his debut African coaching role, Cardoso has achieved 9 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses in 14 matches.

His CAF Champions League record is impeccable, with five wins and a draw, and clean sheets in all matches.

Esperance’s semi-final wins over Mamelodi Sundowns highlight their determination to dethrone Al Ahly.

A title win would be Cardoso’s first major trophy, a milestone in his coaching career.

This final promises a tactical showcase, with Koller’s disciplined Al Ahly against Cardoso’s ambitious Esperance, both striving for continental glory.

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