AFC Champions League 2019: Marouane Fellaini lauds Johor Darul Ta’zim after narrow win

AFC Champions League 2019: Shandong Luneng 1-0 Johor Darul Ta’zim (Marouane Fellaini 30′)

Former Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini was on target when Shandong Luneng took on Johor Darul Ta’zim in the AFC Champions League. The Belgian scored the opener in an eventual two-one win to continue his side’s unbeaten run in the competition. However, he lauded his opponents after the match. 

During his six years at Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini became somewhat of a cult hero. While some fans argued about Fellaini’s crucial performances for the Red Devils, others ridiculed him for the same. Nevertheless, the Belgian finally ended his stay in Manchester in January 2019 to move to China and sign with Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng.

Fellaini has been a crucial player for the CSL side since his arrival and was on the scoresheet when his side played Johor Darul Ta’zim. However, the former Red Devil lauded his Malaysian opponents post-match, by commending their ability to play good while in possession.

“We scored just two goals but we had some chances to score more. OK, the opponent was good in possession, but we kept the shape and we fight,” said Fellaini in an interview with AFC.

“And in the end, we had the result we wanted, so I think it was a good game for us.”

Fellaini also spoke about adjusting to life in the Far East, stating that he has received help from everywhere.

“With regards adapting to the move here, everyone helps me – the coach, the staff, the team, the translator, the club,” he said.

“So for me that’s the most important, it’s my adaptation. I am happy here.

“I am happy with my team-mates, with the club, so I enjoy it.”

Shandong’s win over JDT was there first in the group stage of the AFC Champions League 2019. As a result, the solidified their position in second place in Group E, two points behind 2018 Champions Kashima Antlers. JDT, meanwhile, remained fourth after losing their second match in three games.