Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami has said that his side will not give up until the final whistle is blown in the first leg of their AFC Champions League semi-final clash against Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday.
Gamba have developed a habit of scoring goals at the death, and did so in their quarter-final encounter with Jeonbuk Motors when defender Koki Yonekura found the back of the net in the 93rd minute to lead the J-League club to a 3-2 aggregate win. It was not the first time that they had pulled off a late escape, having done the same in their Group F matches against Seongnam and Buriram United.
Usami believes that Gamba's 'never say die' attitude and fighting spirit can lead them past Guangzhou at Tianhe Stadium on Wednesday and give them a chance of reaching the final and winning their second AFC Champions League title.
"The team is definitely in a good mood now, and we have continuously had matches where we play hard until the last minute and this has given us a lot of confidence to fight until the end," Usami told reporters.
However, Guangzhou midfielder Huang Bowen believes that his side have the upper hand over Gamba as they have more experience and won the AFC Champions League just two years ago.
"The experience of taking part in the 2013 AFC Champions League semi-final and final can give our players a lot more confidence ahead of this game with Gamba, and I hope that such confidence will play an important role in the semi-final," he said.