You are in / Article

We owe it to our fans to perform, says Urawa's Otsuki

Riyadh: Urawa Red Diamonds are determined to win the 2019 AFC Champions League title on home soil and that desire, said head coach Tsuyoshi Otsuki, will bring the best out of his players in Saturday's first leg of the final against Al Hilal SFC.

While braced for a tough 90 minutes at the King Saud University Stadium, Otsuki said Urawa have been focused on producing a good performance in the first leg since qualifying for the final.

See also :

"This is only the first half and we are determined to give a good fight.

"In the second leg, we want to play in front of our fans with a strong determination to become champions so it is very important to perform well tomorrow," said Otsuki at the pre-match press conference in Riyadh on Friday.

#ACLFinal Road to Final: Urawa Red Diamonds

Otsuki said Urawa, seeking to be the first three-time AFC Champions League winners, are fully aware that Al Hilal are equally determined to win the title.

"We will be facing opponents who are very strong and who will also be very determined to win. However, we also have the same desire and I can promise that Urawa will play our best."

Al Hilal, having had to settle for runners-up finishes in 2014 and 2017, will go into Saturday's first leg with an awesome strikeforce but this will not see Urawa opting for a defensive approach.

"Al Hilal have a very strong attack but we want away goals and our approach will be to score goals of our own," stressed Otsuki.

Urawa will be missing suspended goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa but Otsuki said this would not be a problem for the Japanese side.

Haruki Fukushima (pictured above) will man the posts and Otsuki said he has full faith in the goalkeeper.

"He is as good as Nishikawa and I have full confidence in him."

Recommended Stories :