Hasegawa: Will to win is key

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Gamba Osaka coach Kenta Hasegawa believes Wednesday's AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will be won by the side who has the stronger will to win.

The Japanese treble winners and their rivals from Korea played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their quarter-final at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium, a result which saw Gamba's three-game winning run away from home come to an end.

Since that match, Gamba have been in fine form, though, and have beaten Shonan Bellmare and Kashima Antlers in the J-League as well as Nagoya Grampus in the Nabisco Cup.

Gamba will be without suspended leading scorer Takashi Usami and the injured Kotaro Omori for Jeonbuk's visit to the Expo '70 Commemorative Stadium, but Hasegawa can welcome back Yasuyuki Konno to the squad after the defender returned from suspension.

"The most important factor to winning against Jeonbuk is two-fold. The first, and the most important thing is to have a stronger will to win than our opponents, the second is to play our Gamba style of football," Hasegawa told the official AFC website.

"We have to believe in ourselves that we can do it. We have to win this match to get into the next round.  Despite our absences, we just have to pull all the players available together and score the goals that will help get the win.

"Jeonbuk have good physical strength and they take advantage of that. It's going to be a tough match, but we have to ensure we play our style of football, it all comes down to that."

Gamba captain Yasuhito Endo is participating in his seventh AFC Champions League campaign and even though he was a member of the side that triumphed in the 2008 final against Adelaide United, he has only featured in one previous semi-final.

"To get to the next stage we must play with a normal, relaxed state of mind. Don't get too nervous, play with good motivation and good physical condition," Endo said.

"I know the opponents will be highly motivated too, but the key is how much we are able to show our strength throughout the 90 minutes.

"I don't know if it will be 90 minutes, 120 minutes or penalties, whatever happens if we win we'll go into the next round – so we'll put everything into this game to make sure we get a great result."