Kashiwa won’t underestimate Shandong

Kashiwa Reysol coach Tatsuma Yoshida has dismissed suggestions that his side will take it easy on Shandong Luneng when the two sides meet the AFC Champions League at Kashiwa Stadium.

Following their 5-1 victory over Vietnam's Binh Duong a fortnight ago, Yoshida's side are on top of the Group E standings. Furthermore, they have made unbeaten start to the J-League season after Friday's 1-1 draw with Vegalta Sendai.

In their most recent AFC Champions League encounter, Shandong Luneng were trounced 4-1 at home by K-League classic champions Jeonbuk, but despite that result, Yoshida is going into Tuesday's match with caution.

"I think Shandong is a big club, they have a great history and they have won many titles. I have watched the match which they played against Cerezo Osaka last year," Yoshida told the official AFC website.

"Shandong have some high quality overseas players and the Chinese players also are very good, they are tall and quick. I feel the Brazilian coach connects all the players in the team.

"Shandong lost by a big difference in the last match they played against Jeonbuk, but I think there is not much difference between both teams. That result does not reflect Shandong's performance.

"I think they have great potential, but tomorrow's match is our home game and we will try to do our best to get the three points."

Shandong made a decent start to their campaign with a 3-2 victory over Binh Duong in Vietnam, before conceding thrice in the closing stages of their match against Jeonbuk.

"In the last match in the ACL, we didn't only lose the game, but we also lost our some players due to injury and I don't know when some of the injured players come back to the pitch, so we have to play the match without some important players," said Shandong's Brazilian coach Cuca.
"Tomorrow's match is very tough and difficult for us, but we will do our best to win against Reysol."