Lam Ka-wai hopes to conjure moment against PSG
Kitchee midfielder scored a memorable goal against Manchester United last year and is itching to do the same as local champs take on Parisians
Midfield powerhouse Lam Ka-wai is determined to produce another moment of magic when he leads Kitchee against Paris Saint-Germain in the "Meeting of Champions" at Hong Kong Stadium tonight.
The Hong Kong international stunned a star-studded Manchester United side at the same venue 12 months ago when he unleashed an unstoppable 25-metre left-foot drive in a 5-2 defeat.
And Lam, widely considered the best attacking midfielder in Hong Kong, is eager to repeat his feat against the reigning French champions.
"It's always great when you score against overseas teams, especially when the opponents are a world-class side," said the 29-year-old. "We have played a couple of Premier league sides in recent years, including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, and it will be another memorable experience against the Parisians.
"They are now one of the best sides in the world with the financial support from their new owner and we will treasure the opportunity of taking on players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic."
Lam admitted there was a big gap between the Hong Kong champions and their French opponents, but exhibition matches can throw up unlikely performances and results.
"I'm sure Paris Saint-Germain will give their best to live up to their reputation, but still this is not like a competitive match for them.
"We always get some chances in a friendly - the important thing is whether you can grasp them when they come," he said.
"I would love to score again against another great team. Scoring more goals is my biggest aim in the new season."
Last night during training at Hong Kong Stadium, Dutch right back Gregory van der Wiel said he hoped for a reunion with Matthew Lam, as both came through the ranks of the Ajax youth academy. "I played with him when we were young, but I haven't seen him for more than 10 years. It's nice to know he is in Hong Kong," he said. "I will meet him tomorrow and change shirt with him."
Under new coach Jose Molina - formerly of La Liga side Villarreal and Getafe B before his arrival this summer - Lam Ka-wai has been told to get more involved in attack and score more goals.
"Ka-wai is one of our best players and we will try to help him score against the visitors," said Molina.
"Although Paris Saint-Germain are a great team, our mindset must be trying to win."
The match will also be an important test as Kitchee prepare for the AFC Cup quarter-finals next month.
"We have been training under the new coach for some time and it's time to measure our progress before the crucial regional cup tie," said Lam Ka-wai.
The visitors are missing several international players following their extended holiday after the 2014 World Cup campaign, but still boast Ibrahimovic, Brazil internationals Marquinhos and Lucas and Argentina forward Javier Pastore.
Coach Laurent Blanc said the tour in Hong Kong made perfect sense before their Trophée des Champions (French Super Cup) tie against Guingamp in Beijing.