Petrescu eyeing change in fortune

Jiangsu Suning head coach Dan Petrescu is determined to see his side triumph over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in their AFC Champions League clash on Tuesday.

Jiangsu were held to a 1-1 draw in their AFC Champions League opener against Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam last Wednesday before falling 2-0 to Guangzhou Evergrande in their Super Cup match on Saturday.

The Chinese Super League club are up against another formidable opponent this week, and Petrescu is hoping his side can get the job done on home soil.

“This will be an extremely important match as it is our first home game of the season and the first ACL home game,” he told the official AFC website. “Two days ago we just finished a match against CSL Champion Guangzhou Evergrande and now we have to fight the K-League champions.

“My biggest wish now is to win a game as soon as possible. Every head coach has to deal with pressure. Now what I can do is to make our team one. Our foreign players are very good, but even if we had Messi here, it would take time for him to settle in.”

Petrescu added that the team is still in a transitional phase after adding a host of new players in the recently closed transfer window, and with this in mind he acknowledged that beating Jeonbuk, who won the AFC Champions League in 2006, will be no easy feat.

“It’s going to be a difficult game as we’re still integrating players into the team,” he said. “We have many new players; four new foreign players and new Chinese players. We’ve been coping with a very tight match schedule and had no time for tactical training.”