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Hernan Crespo on why he took Al Ain job, Ancelotti's influence and his message to fans

Hernan Crespo was last week appointed manager of record UAE champions Al Ain, replacing departing Dutchman Alfred Schreuder in the dugout.

Crespo, a former Argentine international who after starting his career with River Plate represented a host of leading European clubs including Parma, Lazio, Inter Milan and Chelsea, has also managed in Italy, Argentina and Brazil.

His most recent role was with Al Duhail in Qatar, in which last season Crespo, 48, guided his team to a domestic treble before parting company with the club last month.

In his first interview as Al Ain manager, Crespo spoke to the club’s official channels about his decision to join the Adnoc Pro League side.

“Of course, this is our role as a technical staff. Usually when any club makes us an offer to train, it is our responsibility to work on analysing the squad. Compared to the other offers we received, I was surprised that the current list of players at the club is of high quality and can be improved more, so that we can achieve the goals we set.”

“Embarking on a new experience is always an important challenge for me. Over the course of my career, I have had to adapt to different cultures, whether I am a player or a coach, and I will do my best to adapt to circumstances as quickly as possible.

"The players’ willingness to adapt to circumstances has been wonderful, and I think I will not face any challenges in adapting quickly.

“Some may see the impact of this change on the club as a kind of surprise, but it is a priority for any team aspiring to achieve its goals, right? I love the challenge and I am used to the pressures.

“It is my passion and love that has been motivating, encouraging and attracting me to work over the past few years, as I worked between