Jinan: New coach Cuca is looking for Shandong Luneng to make a winning start to the AFC Champions League on Tuesday against Thai treble winners Buriram United as the Brazilian looks to add the Asian continental title to the Copa Libertadores crown he won with Atletico Mineiro last year.
Seoul: Despite conceding last year’s AFC Champions League runners-up FC Seoul have yet to reach their full potential at the start of the new season, coach Choi Yong-soo is eyeing a winning start in Group F at home to Australia’s Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday.
Hiroshima: Coach Hajime Moriyasu insists J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima have their sights firmly set on winning the AFC Champions League this season ahead of Tuesday’s Group G opener against China’s Beijing Guoan.
Pohang: Coach Hwang Sun-hong insists K-League Classic champions Pohang Steelers are prepared to deal with the threat of Cerezo Osaka’s potentially potent forward line ahead of Tuesday’s AFC Champions League Group E opener.
Hiroshima: Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Mihael Mikic is aiming to banish the memories of the club’s disappointing showing in last season’s AFC Champions League by launching a successful challenge for the continental crown on Tuesday against China’s Beijing Guoan following the weekend’s season-opening Super Cup win over fellow qualifiers Yokohama F. Marinos.
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Mekkah: Al Ittihad coach Khalid Al Koroni was delighted to see his side return to winning ways as they came from behind to beat Al Ain 2-1 in an AFC Champions League Group C match on Wednesday.
Mekkah: Two new coaches will be in charge when two-time winners Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia take on inaugural AFC Champions League winners Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates in an important Group C match on Wednesday.