Nishino wants Gamba Osaka qualification tonight

Akira Nishino insist he wants Gamba Osaka to secure their spot in the Asian Champions League Round of 16.

Akira Nishino insist he wants Gamba Osaka to secure their spot in the Asian Champions League Round of 16.

The Japanese club take on Korea’s Suwon Bluewings in the top of the table clash for Group G and although the boss knows a point would wrap it up, Nishino is searching for maximum takings at the Expo ’70 Stadium.

“This is our fifth game in the group stage but we haven’t qualified for the next stage. Considering the fact that we have to play away in our final match, we will play with our objective to win a ticket to the next stage,” he said.

“I understand the situation that one point is enough but our opponents won’t let us play for a draw, so we should play for more points.

“The most important thing is we should be aware of our situation and share the same ideas on how to play.

“The points can come after that. However, winning a point will be our minimum mission.”

Nishino admitted that he was without some key players – namely Shoki Hirai and Hideo Hashimoto – and said it would be a difficult task to overpower Suwon who are undefeated so far.

“We are missing quite a few players from our list but we have to work hard after having only two days between this game and our last game,” he added.

“It won’t be an easy game at all but the players who can be our new force are in good shape and I hope we can make the most of those players’ power.”

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