Eriksson heaps praise on Elkeson

Shanghai SIPG coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has lauded striker Elkeson for scoring a brace in his side’s 2-1 win over Gamba Osaka in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday. 

Elkeson opened the scoring for Shanghai in the 41st minute to give them a 1-0 lead going into half-time. Gamba forward Patric scored the equaliser in the 60th minute, but the J-League club were only level for two minutes as Elkeson found the back of the net again to put his side ahead. 

Guangzhou managed to hold on to their lead and subsequently rose to the summit of the Group G standings with six points, while Gamba are now in third place with two points. 

“What more can you ask for from a striker,” Eriksson told the Shanghai Daily. “We played very well and the team held a good spirit. They defended well and kept positions fantastically.”

Eriksson added that his gamble to switch to a 4-4-2 formation following a 1-1 draw against Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League last Friday paid off. 

“The decision was made during training on Sunday,” he said. “The last match (against Shanghai Shenhua) on Friday we did not create a single chance in the second 45 minutes. Therefore we decided to make a change in formation, and it was successful.”