Guangzhou Evergrande manager Marcello Lippi believes his players are not as hungry as they were last season.
Jin Hanato opened the scoring in Yokohama in the 21st minute before Guangzhouâ€™s marquee signing Alessandro Diamanti saved their blushes with a 38th minute effort to tally his third goal in three outings since arriving from Bologna.
After the match, former Italy boss Lippi suggested his side were â€˜lacklustreâ€™ while also indicating perhaps their mindset had altered from last campaignâ€™s successes.
"Our performance was lacklustre today, partly because we had some injuries and we have played a few games over a short period of time," said Lippi.
"However, our players are lacking the strong desire to win that they had last season. Obviously they have a different mental condition from last year."
Guangzhou, who beat Jenan Hianye 3-0 in their CSL opener on the weekend, next face Jeonbuk Hyundai on March 18 in Matchday 3 of the 2014 Asian Champions League.
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