Guangzhou: Guangzhou Evergrande assistant coach Massimiliano Maddaloni was disappointed at the club's quarter-final exit from the AFC Champions League on Wednesday but he had no regrets about the tactics and line-up employed by the defending champions, who were eliminated on away goals by Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers.
Guangzhou: Western Sydney Wanderers head coach Tony Popovic felt a huge amount of pride after watching his team dethrone champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday and become the first Australian club in six years to reach the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League.
Seoul: Coach Hwang Sun-hong insists three-time Asian champions Pohang Steelers need to make significant improvements if they are to have an impact on the AFC Champions League in the future following Wednesday's quarter-final exit at the hands of domestic rivals FC Seoul.
Seoul: Having endured a sleepless night on the eve of FC Seoul's AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg against domestic rivals Pohang Steelers, coach Choi Yong-soo was a relieved man as his decision to start goalkeeper Yu Sang-hun ahead of Kim Yong-dae paid off after the custodian made three "astonishing saves" in Wednesday's penalty shootout success.
Guangzhou: Marcello Lippi was forced to watch from the stands as his Guangzhou Evergrande side fell short in dramatic fashion, and by the narrowest of margins, in the home leg of their AFC Champions League quarter-final against Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday.
Sydney: FC Seoul coach Choi Yong-soo blamed crucial lapses in concentration as FC Seoul lost Wednesday's AFC Champions League semi-final second leg 2-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers to miss out on a second consecutive final appearance.
Former finalist Eugene Galekovic has hailed Western Sydney Wanderers for becoming the second Australian side to reach the AFC Champions League final ahead of Saturday's first leg, although the veteran goalkeeper is amazed by the speed in which the A-League's newest side have followed up Adelaide United's 2008 achievement.
Kuala Lumpur: Both Al Hilal and Western Sydney Wanderers were beaten in their repsective leagues over the weekend, dealing the duo a potentially damaging psychological blow ahead of next Saturday's AFC Champions League final first leg encounter in Australia.