Menezes won’t underestimate Buriram

Shandong Luneng coach Mano Menezes believes that it would be a grave mistake for his side to let their guard down ahead of their AFC Champions League match against Buriram United on Tuesday.

Shandong head into the match on the back of a 2-1 win over J League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima in their opening AFC Champions League fixture last week, while Buriram were hammered 6-0 by FC Seoul.

Even though Shandong have the upper hand going into the match and are on a three-match winning run, Menezes has urged his side not be caught napping.

“We’ve completed our preparation of the second round of the ACL,” he told the official AFC website. “We have prepared for a difficult game, we want to entertain our fans, and of course, winning is always our target.

“I think we have a chance to win under the condition of being well organised. We can’t be blindly optimistic. They lost the first game by a big margin, but that was accidental.”

He added: “We respect Buriram very much, though they are missing some players, but they are still a strong team.”

The Brazilian has urged his side to maintain their aggressive approach, but not at the cost of stability and control.

“I think in football attacking and defending are integrated,” he said. “Attacking football is very popular and it shows respect to our rival, we will certainly do it. But what I want more is to control the game. Now my players are gradually getting there.

“I want them to attacking with organisation and in the meantime be defensive to the opponents’ counterattack. We have to work as a whole, and work on attacking and defence together.”