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Guangzhou Evergrande vs Al Ahly SC Preview: How Far Can Lippi Take Guangzhou?

Guangzhou Evergrande vs Al Ahly SC Preview: How Far Can Lippi Take Guangzhou?

Despite the inexperience, it will be the genius pitch tactics of Marcello Lippi that will catapult the Chinese outfit into the final round of the competition.


Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Agadir Stadium


Team Form

Guangzhou Evergrande

Guangzhou Evergrande’s rise to stardom was not without the help of the tactician Marcello Lippi. Under Lippi’s guidance, the club made a strong campaign in the AFC Champions League, thus earning the silverware and the right to represent the region in Club World Cup.


Guangzhou’s journey in the AFC took off when they advanced to the Round of 16 after dominating their group. In the knockout stage, they successfully outlasted Jeonbuk Motors, which led them to face the strong Kashiwa Reysol in the semis. With an aggregate score of 8-1, the club went on to face FC Seoul in a 2-legged encounter.


In their initial clash, the club forced a 2-2 stalemate. But this was not enough to secure their trophy. Thus in the final stage, a 1-1 draw gave them the upper hand by virtue of away goals.


Al Ahly SC

Al Ahly enters the competition when it fired 2 goals and kept a clean sheet against Orlando Pirates. At the end of their 2-legged encounter, it was the aggregate score, which had a final say in their CAF Champions League bid and handed the coveted silverware to the Egyptian outfit.


Al Ahly’s Champions League campaign was far from being a bed of roses. But thanks to Mohamed Abou Trika and Ahmed Abdul Zaherr’s precious goals, the club bagged their 8th Champions League title.


The Egyptian squad has been one of the competition’s regulars, having entered the tournament for the 5th time. Technically, they have the experience to oust their opponents.


However, political unrests have prevented the club from being exposed to different competitive football tournaments. Entering the tournament, this could be their waterloo.


World Cup betting tip: Guangzhou Evergrande



Image Source: Fox Sports Asia


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