Endo: We can’t allow Jeonbuk to score

Gamba Osaka midfielder Yasuhito Endo has said they can't afford to allow Korea Republic's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to score in the AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg in Osaka on Wednesday next week.

In the first-leg in August ended goalless at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium. So far Gamba have not lost in their last seven Champions league games and will be hoping to extend that record in the return leg at home.

If Gamba win on Wednesday they will face either China's Guangzhou Evergrande or Japan rivals Kashiwa Reysol in the semi-finals.

In a chat with the-afc.com, Endo said he expects the game against Jeonbuk to be close and feels that they can't allow the Koreans to score due to the away goals rule. 

"We need to be very stable throughout the game. We need to get the goal, but at the same time, if we lose a goal, we will lose," Endo told the-afc.com.

"Simply, we cannot let them score any goals and we must play our game as much as possible. We wish to score as early as possible.

"Individually Jeonbuk's players are at a very high level. There are a lot of national team players in the team and they become stronger when they are together.

"Their play is fast too. I don't see any weakness, but if we have a more direct play, we should be able to make more chances."

For most of the first-leg match, Gamba had to defend and can thank the efforts from goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi to come away with the goalless draw.

"I don't think it was a bad result since it was better than losing. I guess what we need to focus on now is to win at home," added Endo.

"We had a good stable defence in the first game, but what we can do better is that we should make fewer mistakes when we attack so that we can keep the ball longer. We must stay calm in order to play our game."

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