Pressure is on us - Kawasaki Frontale’s Takahata

Kawasaki Frontale boss Tsutomu Takahata believes a lot of the pressure is his team as they prepare to take on Beijing Guoan in tonight’s final Asian Champions League group stage match.

The J-League outfit has to win to leapfrog Beijing on the Group E table to finish second and qualify for the Round of 16 and Takahata is of firm belief that his players will be shouldering most of the pressure at the Beijing Workers’ Staidum.

“We must beat Beijing this time,” he said.

“Actually, the pressure on us is heavier than that on Beijing.

“Beijing are a powerful team. We won’t be able to beat them unless we play our best football.”

Takahata said his team would be able to counter the loss of Shuhei Terada and Jong Tae-Se by bringing in Brazilian duo Vitor Junior and Juninho.

“Fortunately, two Brazilian players will be able to play tomorrow,” Takahata added.

“They will make our attack more creative and aggressive.”

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