Marcello Lippi was pleased with Guangzhou Evergrandeâ€™s performance in their 2-0 Asian Champions League victory Lekhwiya on Wednesday night.
The Chinese Super League side defeated the Qatari outfit, managed by Belgian Eric Gerets, in the first leg of their two-legged quarter-final clash which satisfied the Italian World Cup winner to no end.
However, Lippi made it clear that Guangzhouâ€™s job of reaching the semi-final was only half done.
â€śIt was a good match from our point of view even though we had a lot of chances and couldnâ€™t take more of them,â€ť said Lippi.
â€śI am happy but there is 180 minutes in this match so our goal is to go to Qatar and win.
â€śThere is still a month wait until the second game so we will wait until then to think about what we will do.â€ť
Former PSV Eindhoven and Marseille boss Gerets added: â€śMarcelloâ€™s side showed why they are the best in China so they are big favourites to go through, but I think we will see another Lekhwiya in a few weeks.
â€śWe have nothing to lose and we will look to attack and try to create pressure from the first second and try and score a goal in the first half to make sure we have a chance in second half. It will be tough, but we will try our best.â€ť
In the other ACL quarter-finals, Kashiwa Reysol and Al Shabab drew 1-1 in Japan, Esteghlal beat Buriram United 1-0 and FC Seoul held Al Ahli to a 1-1 draw.