Guangzhou Evergrande won’t hold back on Cerezo Osaka, pledges Marcello Lippi
Despite advantage of having all but qualified for quarter-finals, Italian coach’s task is much easier with absence of Diego Forlan
Marcello Lippi has pledged not to hold back against Cerezo Osaka on Tuesday night despite his Guangzhou Evergrande having all but qualified for the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League following a comprehensive first-leg win over the J-League side last week.
Guangzhou hold a 5-1 advantage from the first leg over a Cerezo side that have travelled to Tianhe Stadium without Uruguayan superstar Diego Forlan.
But the Chinese Super League side’s Italian coach does not believe Ranko Popovic’s side have thrown in the towel.
“I don’t think the absence of Diego Forlan is a sign that they are giving up on this match,” said Lippi, whose side lost 1-0 on Friday evening in the domestic championship against local rivals Guangzhou R&F.
“It probably is simply because he is injured.
“I won’t change our tactics just because we had a big win in the first leg. We will stick to our usual style and try to win the game.”
Anything other than a catastrophic defeat will see defending champions Guangzhou advance to the last eight of the competition for the third season in a row.
The draw for the next phase of the tournament will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 28.