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szdaily -> Sports
Cannavaro, Oscar spearhead Chinese Champions League assault
    2018-February-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

GUANGZHOU Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro and Shanghai SIPG’s record signing Oscar will spearhead a four-pronged Chinese assault when the 2018 AFC Champions League group phase begins this week.

Evergrande, Asian champion in 2013 and 2015, has Cannavaro back at the helm for the second time and open their campaign at home to Thailand’s Buriram United tomorrow in Group G. Oscar is looking for a first trophy with SIPG after they crashed out in the semifinals last season under Andre Villas-Boas, having beaten Evergrande in the quarterfinals.

Villas-Boas has been replaced at SIPG by fellow Portuguese Vitor Pereira who has vowed to win a trophy and gets the first test of his management Tuesday away to Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale, which reached the quarterfinals last season.

“The opening match is particularly important if we want to qualify for the knockout stage, so we have to prepare well,” said Kawasaki’s Yu Kobayashi, who netted six goals in the competition last season.

“Shanghai has Oscar and Hulk, who are experienced, high-quality players.” Joining them in Group F is South Korea’s Ulsan, which opens with a long journey south to Melbourne Victory in Australia.

Cannavaro resigned at Tianjin Quanjian just days after steering the side into the Champions League for the first time.

Tianjin has a new Portuguese coach in Paulo Sousa who is already beginning to like what he is seeing from Cannavaro’s French recruit Anthony Modeste, who scored both goals to beat Ceres Negros of the Philippines 2-0 in a playoff to reach the group phase.

(SD-Agencies)

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