Former AFC Champions League champions Al Ain, Al Ittihad, and Al Sadd as well as two-time Asian Club Championship winners Al Hilal will feature on Tuesday as the AFC Champions League returns with the quarter-final first legs.
Pohang: Coach Hwang Sun-hong is confident former winners Pohang Steelers will extend their unbeaten run in the AFC Champions League beyond the quarter-final stage despite facing last year's finalists FC Seoul in this month's all-Korean quarter-final.
Al Kharj: AFC Champions League quarter-finalists Al Hilal continued their fine early season goalscoring form with a 3-1 win away at Al Shoalah to maintain their pole position in the Saudi Pro League standings.
Riyadh: Mali international Samba Diakite's first goal for Al Ittihad proved the difference as the AFC Champions League quarter-finalists maintained their perfect start to the new Saudi Pro League season with a 1-0 win over Al Fateh on Wednesday.
Doha: Al Sadd coach Hussein Ammouta has said the 3-2 triumph over Lekhwiya in the 2013/14 Qatar Stars League season-opening Sheikh Jassim Cup has given his side a massive lift going into the first leg of their 2014 AFC Champions League quarter-final clash next week.
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.