South China coach Casemiro Mior wants his side to play for a win when they take on Malaysia Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim in the second leg of the AFC Cup quarter-finals at Mongkok Stadium on Tuesday.
Even though a scoreless draw would see the Hong Kong side advance to the semi-finals after Cameroon striker Mahama Awal's valuable away goal in the first leg, Mior is mindful of on overly conservative approach coming back to bite them.
“The away goal is important, but we cannot think about that; we start at 0-0 and we cannot play 90 minutes looking to keep the score the same,” said Mior.
“They have a very good team with good players. [Gomez] knows South China very well so we will need to forget about the first match and concentrate for 90 minutes.
“Johor will come here looking for the best result for them, and we need to be ready. We have to fight and treat the game like a final. A full house will be very important for my players.”
Johor, meanwhile, are feeling confident following their 2-0 Malaysia Cup victory over Perak on Friday.
“Our team is in a very good condition, we won the Malaysia Super League and now we’re in the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup. Tomorrow is another final,” said coach Mario Gomez.
“We drew the last match, but tomorrow is another game. We can go through with a 2-2 draw, but we must attack and play to win. We have 90 minutes to do that. They are without Chan Wai Ho, which is not good for them.
“Managing South China was a good moment in my life; it was my first opportunity to work in Asia. But my present is in Malaysia and I have very good players here.”