(ACL Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao game on 21st Feb) Press Conference (Cerezo Osaka)

The press conference for Cerezo Osaka vs. Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao at group stage (MD-2) of the AFC Champions League 2018 was held at Osaka Nagai Stadium on 21st February.
The details are below.

Manager Yoon Jong-Hwan


We will host the match against Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao after the hard game against Jeju United. The opponents are a strong team, but if our preparation is good enough, we will have chance to get the best result.

Q: Tell me your impression about Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, and what would be the key to win tomorrow's game?
A: The ACL is the first time for me, but I am so excited. I have experienced the J league and the K league. The next is the Asian league. In the league, every team has a character and foreign players excel. Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao's Chinese and foreign players greatly outweigh others. That said, football is not an individual game. Of course, individual ability is necessary but if you can perform as a team, no matter who is your foe, the chance is slim.

Q: Will you change your tactics after Hiroshi Kiyotake got injured?
My tactics will be the same. Kiyotake was in very good form and led us to reach this stage. So, I have to admit that his injury has affected the team a bit, but every player has prepared well. I hope that my lads will do their best for Kiyotake's sake as well.

Player Hotaru Yamaguchi


We should win tomorrow because I do not want to waste the efforts we made at the away game against Jeju United, which was a tough game. So, we will work hard for a win.

Q: What would be the key to win tomorrow's game?
A: I think my manager's comment " good team play is the key to win" is right. I would also say that the team who tackles better has more advantage because the ALC is well known for many tackles.

Q: How is Kiyotake's injury affecting you?
A: I do not want to be honest, but to tell the truth, his injury has had some kind of impact. But, fortunately, we have experienced substitutes who have different abilities from Kiyotake. I assume that they are fully motivated to win. They will play with lots of spirit. As football is not an individual game, teamwork is important. I would like to fight as a team tomorrow.

Q: You lost against Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao with 1-5 at home game four years ago. Since then, Cerezo have worked hard to turn into be a strong side. How do you think Cerezo has changed?
Four years ago, we were beaten at home. This is why we cannot lose one more at home. Compared to 4 years ago, our solidarity has improved. Now we can play as a team. I think this solidarity has been displayed since last year.