Friday, November 1, 2013

Lippi seeks smart win in Champions league final

Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande hope to put one hand on China's first continental title in 24 years as they are seeking a "smart" victory over South Korean side FC Seoul in the first leg of the AFC Champions league final here on Saturday.Having already ended 15 years waiting for another finalist after Dalian Wanda lost the final in 1998, Guangzhou are seeking to hand China a first continental tiltle since Liaoning won the 1990 Asian Club Championship."It is my first time having to play the final over two games, so it is something different for me. A smart win means that you have to plan out your tactics. It is a decisive game until the last minute of the seocond leg," Lippi said.Guangzhou are only the second club after Ulsan Hyundai in 2012 to win all of their knockout games en route to the final. A victory in Seoul would see them become the second club after Ulsan to win 10 matches in a single AFC Champions League season."For less than two years time since I arrived in Guangzhou, I've seen my players grow both physically and psychologically, I've seen the team is now much organized,Wheel forks suppliers I've seen the fans cheer for the team either we win or lose."I give a lot of importance to win the AFC Champions League.Wholesale Mens T-Shirts cheap Mens T-Shirts I won European Champions League once. I think that the AFC Champions league is at an equal level," the 65-year old Italian said at the pre-match press conference.China Forklift Glass handler Type CNB25G-B1The Italian admitted that his opponents are the strongest team they have ever encountered."Both teams are grown organizationally, physically and psychologically. Tomorrow we will have 50 percent chance to win," he said.FC Seoul are the fifth consecutive South Korean team to reach the AFC Champions League Final, following Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors,welcome to wholesale Grade Carolina Herrer Handbags,Free shipping‎! Pohang Steelers and Ulsan Hyundai. 

"The K-League sides do well in the AFC Champions League these years, so we are under pressure. But pressure is good for us sometimes. We have good players and we are confident to win the title at last," FC Seoul coach Choi Yong-soo said.The South Korean side remains unbeaten in their previous four home matches against Chinese clubs in the AFC Champion league. They drew 1-1 with Shandong Luneng in the 2009 Group Stage, beat Hangzhou Greentown 3-0 in the 2011 Group Stage and trounced Jiangsu Sainty 5-1 in the Group Stage and defeated Beijing Guoan 3-1 in the Round of 16 this year."Guangzhou have better foreign players than Beijing and Jiangsu. But we have many players who are experienced in AFC Champions League final. And they have the character to decide the game," the 40-year old South Korean said.Defender Choi Hyo-jin won the tournament with Pohang in 2009 and midfielder Mauricio Molina tasted success with Seongnam a year later.Goalkeeper Kim Yong-dae, who has kept five clean sheets in this season's competitions, will finally get an opportunity to play in an AFC Champions League final after losing in the semifinals with Busan in 2005 and Seongnam in 2007.The most dangerous person for Kim is Muriqui, who scored 13 goals in 12 games for Guangzhou,wholesale cheap Oakley Grade AAA Sunglasses sale from homepage. and has already become the best scorer for a season in AFC Champions League history, with two games to play. Combined with Dario Conca and Elkson, the trio contributed 25 of 33 goals Guangzhou have scored in the 12 games of the Champions League."We have been stronger since I joined the team, and now we are much better at controlling the game. It is a bitter memory for us to be out in the quarterfinals last year. So we've learned how to make sure we win this season," said Muriqui.

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