Choi confident of advancing to last four

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors coach Choi Kang-hee is confident of success ahead of their AFC Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash against Gamba Osaka at the Expo '70 Commemorative Stadium on Wednesday.

Choi's side played out a 0-0 draw against the J-League champions in the first leg at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium last month, but has been in supreme form domestically since that stalemate at the end of August.

In the K-League at the weekend, Jeonbuk were 3-0 winners over former continental runners-up FC Seoul and remains eight points ahead of the chasing pack.

"We come into this game in a good condition and we are very confident about the upcoming meeting with Gamba," said coach Choi, who won the 2006 title with Jeonbuk.

"We learnt a lot about Gamba after the 90 minutes we played in the first leg and we know their tactics and strategies well. The most important thing is to maintain our physical condition and tactical play, as well as keeping up our mental strength.

"We haven't done very well in Japan previously, but we're not going to try to get a draw here. We are aiming for the win and we will have no excuses to do otherwise."

Jeonbuk's home form in this competition has been sublime, having not lost a single match in Jeonju, but away from home they have been less impressive.

In Group E, they relinquished top spot after drawing at Vietnamese champions Becamex Binh Duong and to losing away to Kashiwa Reysol.

Gamba will be without top scorer Takashi Usami after the Japan international was booked in the first leg, and Choi is well aware of the kind of impact the Gamba star can have on a match.

"Not having Usami is unfortunate for Gamba as he is so important and a game-changer," added Choi.

"However, Gamba have many players we should be careful of, and collectively they are very good, so we have to be careful of all their players on the pitch otherwise we could get punished."

Korea Republic goalkeeper Kwoun Sun-tae is the only member of the current Jeonbuk side that featured in the 2006 final, a campaign which also saw the K-League outfit take on Gamba on two occasions.

"I still remember the meeting with Gamba in Japan back in 2006 as I made a mistake that cost us the win," said Kwoun, recalling Satoshi Yamaguchi's 73rd-minute strike against him.

"It's been a long time since that game, though, and I was still immature then and I have built up a lot of experience since. That experience has been a driving force for me and I have had a long enough time to get over that mistake.

"We are representing Korean clubs, the K-League Classic, and our country so our determination to get a victory is very high and we are ready for this game."

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