Ahead of Adelaide United’s must-win AFC Champions League fixture against Jiangsu Suning on Tuesday, Taylor Regan has stated that the quality of the performance will mean far less than the final outcome.
Group H in the AFC Champions League has Jiangsu at the summit with 12 points, Jeju United second with seven points, Adelaide third with five points and Gamba Osaka fourth with four points.
Therefore, in order for Guillermo Amor’s men to advance from the group they must beat the already qualified Jiangsu at Hindmarsh Stadium and hope Jeju drop points against Gamba in Korea.
If Jeju lose to Gamba and Adelaide claim the three points the latter will supersede the K-League club in second spot by a point.
Furthermore, if the islanders draw and the South Australians are triumphant, Adelaide will still progress to the round of 16, despite being level on eight points each. This is due to Amor’s troops boasting a superior head-to-head record.
With the above in mind, it’s easy to see why Adelaide’s returning centre-back, Regan, placed all the emphasis on the result and little on the performance on Tuesday.
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“At the end of the day we don’t really mind how we play tomorrow night,” he said.
“Of course we want to control it, but we need to win so that’s the main focus.
“We need to win and pray that a good result happens in the other game.
“It’s exciting for not just the players and coaching staff, but exciting for the fans.
“I expect quite a big and vocal crowd and we haven’t had that for quite a few weeks and that’s exciting for us.”
Adelaide’s task of beating the Chinese giants has been made slightly more straight forward after it was confirmed that stars Alex Teixeira and Roger Martinez have stayed behind while ex-Chelsea midfielder Ramires and Tao Yuan are both unavailable due to suspension.
Amor will be hoping that Jiangsu’s status as group winners, regardless of Tuesday’s outcome, will see a slightly flat performance from the CSL outfit.
The match kicks-off at 17:30 (HKT) on Tuesday.