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Seongnam coach Shin banking on good form of strike pair

Seongnam Ilhwa coach Shin Tae-Young hopes his strike pairing of Montenegro's Dzenan Radoncic and Brazil's Fabrizio can do the job in tonight's opening Asian Champions League match.

The South Korean club host Japan's Kawasaki Frontale in the first Group E clash and despite being without some key players from last season (namely Lee Ho and Kim Jung-Woo), Shin is confident his side is good enough to grab all three points on offer.

"The players who have stayed will do their best so I am not worried," said Shin ahead of the first-ever meeting between the two sides.

"Radoncic could have a big influence on the outcome of this match as could Fabrizio, who looked very good in pre-season training."

And although he admitted that Kawasaki were a quality side, Shin was hoping to first defeat them and push on in the competition.

"Kawasaki have established internationals like Kengo Nakamura and Junichi Inamoto and their foreign players are also very good," he added.

"In the K-League and the AFC Champions League, we want to get good results. I think that I learned a lot last season and I will do my best to win this season."

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