Preview – Group J: Chu expects a sharper Kitchee SC in AFC Champions League second meeting with Guangzhou FC | Football | New
Buriram: Huang Yang is set to return to Kitchee SC midfielder for his AFC Champions League encounter with Guangzhou FC on Saturday as the Hong Kong Premier League champions look to keep up their pressure for a place in the round of 16 of this year’s competition.
The club captain missed the first meeting with the Chinese team on Wednesday after receiving yellow cards in each of Kitchee’s first two games, but will be available for selection as coach Alex Chu Chi-kwong looks to s ” press the six points already collected in group J..
“We are going to make some changes because we have already played three games and some players are tired,” Chu said of his plans for the clash at Buriram Stadium. “So we’re going to be spinning some players.
“We also have young players who have to play, to make them feel the AFC Champions League and I hope they can play well. We need to rotate the players because the players need more time to recover before the last two games. “
Kitchee has never reached the round of 16 in the AFC Champions League but sits in second place, one point behind leaders Cerezo Osaka as Group J enter the second half of the schedule.
Chu was frustrated that his team had only scored once in their previous meeting with Guangzhou despite dominating the game and he will look for more power from his offensive line when the teams meet again.
“We had more than 20 chances, but we only scored one,” he said.
“Some open opportunities that we missed. If we can’t get an insurance goal it’s difficult for the players and we have to use a lot of energy for the whole game. I hope they will not miss the open opportunities.
Guangzhou enters the game still looking for their first goal and their first point of the campaign, and coach Liu Zhiyu is focused on keeping his young team’s morale up under difficult circumstances.
Liu is also planning to make changes to his roster and will likely be without center-back Chen Quanjiang after being swept away on Wednesday with an ankle injury.
“We never lack the hunger for victory, but it is also very difficult for young players to compete with such experienced opponents,” he said. “But I keep telling them that this experience is invaluable to their future careers, so just take it as a lesson and don’t overthink it.
“The matches are very close and there are no secrets between the teams. But we have to be ourselves and perform to our potential. I will be rotating the players so that they keep their stamina for the next matches.
Kitchee SC (HKG) vs. Guangzhou FC (CHN)
Location: Buriram Stadium, Buriram
Kick-off: 9:00 p.m. (UTC + 7)
Who will win?
Kitchee SC (HKG)
Canton FC (CHN)
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