Westwood: We will do our best to win

The Indian outfit turned out in domestic action on Saturday, recording a 1-1 draw with Dempo SC, before jumping on a plane bound for Hong Kong on Sunday. Their flight was delayed by six hours due to inclement weather, leaving the squad feeling the effects of a busy schedule.

"We’ve played a game on Saturday in the League, the flight times to Hong Kong weren’t ideal and there was a delay as well," Westwood told reporters. "But now that we are here, we won’t be looking back at any of that. We’ve come here to do our best and will try putting on a good performance.

"At this club, we've always been positive and strong and that doesn’t change."

South China qualified for the last 16 stage in dominating fashion as they won all six of their group stage matches, during which they scored 19 goals and only conceded three. 

But, despite those numbers and South China remaining unbeaten during the group stage, Westwood is confident his side can snap the Hong Kong club's winning streak. 

"We played a team from Hong Kong, Eastern Sports Club, on our pre-season tour and we got a little feel of the football from there," he said. "As far as South China are concerned, we’ve managed to watch a few recent videos, have studied them and roughly know what they are about.

"We aren’t going into the game blind. They have good foreigners, are an organised side and are hard to break down. But we are under no pressure. We’ve done well to make it this far in our AFC Cup debut and we go into the game with nothing to lose."

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