Guangzhou Evergrande head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has called on his side to put in a much-improved showing in the second leg of the AFC Champions League final against Al Ahli.
The two teams played out a goalless draw at the Rashid Stadium in Saturday's first leg, with the Chinese Super League side spurning a number of chances. Zheng Zhi and Yu Hanchao both forced smart saves from Al Ahli keeper Ahmed Mahmoud, while midfielder Huang Bowen struck the underside of the crossbar as Guangzhou failed to break the deadlock.
Reflecting on his side's performance, Scolari said that they would need to raise their level in the second leg if they are to secure the silverware.
“It was an even match, both teams had chances to score but both did not score and the second half in Guangzhou will be a fight,” he said.
“If we still play like this it will be difficult for us, we did not play well tonight.
“I think tonight is a fair result as I did not see our team create a lot of chances. The pressure is still the same for both of the teams.”
Guangzhou suffered an injury blow when Ricardo Goulart, the tournament's leading scorer, was forced off the field, and Scolari has revealed that the striker could be sidelined for the return leg.
“Goulart has an ankle injury and it might be difficult for him to play in the second leg,” said Scolari.