Manzano aiming for positive start

Manzano is determined to guide his side past the last 16 for the first time in their history and ensure that their poor round of 16 record against Korean clubs doesn't continue. 

Beijing were beaten in the last 16 by Suwon in 2010 and FC Seoul in 2013, but Manzano believes that the outcome will be very different this time around. 

"We have aspirations to pass this stage as in our history we have not passed this stage before," Manzano told the official AFC website. "We are doing well in the league and we hope to also do well in the Champions League.

"We are not sure if we can achieve this now so we need to first do well in the first game and then go back home and fight again.

"Last year we lacked a bit of luck as we missed a penalty in the away game in Australia and that might have helped us progress to the next stage. We have learned a lot and have a lot of confidence and now we are in this stage, we are doing better."

Jeonbuk currently sit atop the K-League standings and have a comfortable eight-point lead, having only lost one game out of the 11 they have played. With this is mind Manzano knows they will tough to beat, but he has faith in his side.

"It will be a very difficult match as we know Jeonbuk is the leading team in the K-League and that they are very strong, but we have a lot of confidence to play against them although we know it will still not be easy," he said. "I don’t think it will help that we have played Korean teams before; the game with Suwon was in the group stage and does not matter for this game."

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