Chiangrai's Ekanit targeting 2020 AFC Champions League knockout rounds
Doha: Despite losing their opening two games in the 2020 AFC Champions League, Ekanit Panya insists that Chiangrai United still have a chance to make the knockout rounds as the Thai side get set to resume their Group E campaign against FC Seoul on Tuesday.
Chiangrai qualified for the Continental competition for the first time in their history after winning the 2019 Thai League 1 but suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses against Melbourne Victory and Beijing FC in February before the East Asia section of the tournament was brought to an eight-month halt by COVID-19.
While a long-term injury ruled the attacking midfielder out of the opening two games, the 21-year believes Chiangrai learnt plenty of lessons in defeat and will now look to put in an improved performance in Qatar, starting with the match against Seoul at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium.
Few complaints for Kim after Ulsan Hyundai issue AFC Champions League warning
Doha: Ulsan Hyundai head coach Kim Do-hoon was left with little to critique after his side convincingly outgunned Shanghai Shenhua to win 3-1 in their AFC Champions League clash on Saturday.
Appearing for the second time in Group F, and the first time in the competition’s new centralised format, the Korea Republic side were far too strong for their Chinese opponents, with Yoon Bit-garam scoring twice to take the sting out of the contest before half-time.
While Shanghai had already played and won against Perth Glory in Doha on Wednesday, Ulsan’s impressive showing came in their first fixture in Qatar, and Kim had only minor criticisms of what had been an excellent resumption of his team’s Asian campaign.
Pereira, Morais to pause friendship as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Shanghai SIPG clash in AFC Champions League
Doha: Shanghai SIPG head coach Vitor Pereira wants to put his friendship with fellow Portuguese Jose Morais, his Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors counterpart on hold for 90 minutes as the two sides clash in Group G of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Sunday.
The two tacticians are long-time friends, having both worked at FC Porto around the turn of the century.
They have since both gone on to win league titles in Asia, with Perreira guiding Shanghai SIPG to their first-ever Chinese Super League title and Morais lifting back-to-back K League 1 titles with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
Guangzhou Evergrande prepared for Suwon Samsung Bluewings AFC Champions League clash
Doha: Guangzhou Evergrande head coach Fabio Cannavaro believes his side have what it takes to go all the way in the 2020 AFC Champions League, ahead of their Group G opener against Suwon Samsung Bluewings.
The two time AFC Champions League winners have not played any of their games in the group yet with the COVID-19 outbreak postponing their fixtures from February onwards, but the condensed schedule seems a little easier now with Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta’zim having withdrawn earlier.
Grant looks to take positives after AFC Champions League defeat to Shanghai SIPG
Doha: Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant admitted he was disappointed to go down 2-1 against Shanghai SIPG as the Australian side resumed their 2020 AFC Champions League campaign on Thursday but remains optimistic ahead of the upcoming matches.
Having not seen any competitive action since winning the A-League Grand Final at the end of August, the New South Wales side got off to the perfect start when Trent Buhagiar opened the scoring inside 10 minutes as they went into the interval a goal to the good.
But Shanghai fought back in the second half as a Li Shenglong brace ultimately secured the Chinese Super League side a 2-1 win, with Grant also having to play in goal for the final few minutes after Thomas Heward-Belle was dismissed for handling outside the box.