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Park rues absences, Cannavaro expresses frustration after AFC Champions League stalemate


Doha: Suwon Samsung Bluewings head coach Park Kun-ha rued the absence of key attacking players as his side failed to find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw against Guangzhou Evergrande at Khalifa International Stadium on Sunday.

Both teams collected their first point of the 2020 AFC Champions League campaign, with Guangzhou Evergrande having played one less match than their opponents.

The Koreans side now face an eight-day wait for their next game, a period during which Guangzhou Evergrande face Group G leaders Vissel Kobe of Japan twice.

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“I think today’s match was very important for us,” said Park.

“We prepared a lot for this game and as we expected, it was a very difficult match. We knew our opponents had a strong attack, so we prepared our defence to cope with them. I think we did well today, and it was a shame we could not score a goal."

Group G - MD2: Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0-0 Guangzhou Evergrande FC

“We are without many of our usual attackers, so I had to put Kim Min-woo who is a midfielder in attack and gave an opportunity for a really young player in Jeong Sang-bin.

"I believe if we had our foreign players like Adam Taggart and Antonis, we could have scored a goal and won, but all the Korean players showed very good organisation. Even if we couldn’t get a result here, I would like to credit them for their performances today.”

Guangzhou Evergrande arrived in Qatar a few days after losing their Chinese Super League title to Jiangsu Suning in the competition’s two-legged final, and head coach Fabio Cannavaro believes his players are still struggling to cope with the mental impact of that defeat.

“I am not happy, not about the result, but about the performance because this is not our style,” said Cannavaro.

“We did not control the ball, we did not create chances and we did not try to score. I know after the defeat to Jiangsu Suning in the league final, my players have not been in a clear state of mind, but this is the AFC Champions League, and it is completely different. You play against strong teams and if you do not give 110% in every game, you cannot win.

“Solving mental issues is not something you can do in three days. The situation is not easy, but I am the coach and it is my job to give them the confidence to go forward.”

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