Kuala Lumpur: Al Sadd are in the right place ahead of the kick-off of the 2019-20 Qatar Stars League (QSL) and 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals.
The Xavi-led reigning QSL champions are already in competition mode after their triumph over local rivals Al Duhail in the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 and Sheikh Jassim Cup and looking to continue their fine start.
The 4-2 Round of 16 aggregate win over Al Duhail was followed by a 1-0 triumph in Saturday's Sheikh Jassim Cup and midfielder Ali Asad said their good early season form is a confidence booster for Al Sadd.
Arnautovic will power SIPG's title bid, says Yu Hai
Shanghai: Shanghai SIPG star Yu Hai has backed new signing Marko Arnautovic to play a starring role as Vitor Pereira’s side attempt to claim their first-ever AFC Champions League crown when the Chinese Super League champions’ challenge for the Continental championship resumes against Urawa Red Diamonds next week.
The Austria international signed for SIPG from Premier League side West Ham United in July and has had an immediate impact, scoring four times in six league games.
But his arrival – which saw Brazilian striker Elkeson return to Guangzhou Evergrande – has given Yu and his teammates a confidence and quality boost ahead of their AFC Champions League quarter-final meeting with the Japanese side.
Tokyo: Urawa Red Diamonds’ head coach Tsuyoshi Otsuki is hoping his side can take inspiration from the club’s 2017 AFC Champions League-winning campaign to see off Shanghai SIPG as the J.League side attempt to take another step towards a record third Continental crown.
Urawa, who won last season’s Japan's Emperor’s Cup to qualify for the 2019 AFC Champions League, face Vitor Pereira’s side in the first leg of their last eight clash in Shanghai on August 27 knowing the last 18 months have been a difficult period for the two-time champions.
In the season-and-a-half since Urawa captured their second AFC Champions League – which came a decade after their first – the club has experienced significant upheaval.
Kuala Lumpur: The four remaining places in the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals were confirmed last week after the conclusion of the Round of 16 in the West.
The competition will resume in just over a week's time as the eight remaining sides continue their quests to be crowned Continental champions, but before looking ahead to the latter stages, take a look back at the-AFC.com's Week in Numbers.
ACL 2019 Allianz Goal of the Week: Giuliano (Al Nassr)
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Al Nassr's Giuliano is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 second legs in the West.