Olaroiu: Al Alhi must be ‘intelligent’

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Al Ahli coach Cosmin Olaroiu says his team must approach Saturday's first-leg AFC Champions League final against Guangzhou Evergrande in an organized and intelligent way.

Despite his team riding high in the domestic league, winning five out of five games so far, Olaroiu knows they face an altogether different task against the Chinese champions.

Al Ahli will enjoy home advantage on Saturday, but must then travel to the Tianhe Stadium for the return-leg in two week's time.

“We have arrived at the last step for the trophy. We are going to face a strong team and one in my opinion who could compete with any team in Europe. They are a very balanced powerful team. Now we have prepared for this game in the best way possible,” said Olaroiu.

“We know it will be difficult and we have a chance to try and get the maximum we can out of this game. It is important to win and take a step towards the second game, but we have to do this in a clever way and we have to be organised and very intelligent in the way we have to play.

“We respect them as they are strong, but nobody is perfect and they have weak points and we have to find these.”

Crucial to Al Ahli's chances will be keeping a clean sheet in the first leg on home soil.

“It is very important not to concede in the home game, this is the easy way to qualify. In this kind of competition, at this level, it is difficult not to concede, but I am happy we were able to score more goals than the opponent to qualify in the previous games,” Olaroiu added.