Cosmin Olaroiu insists Guangzhou’s supporters will not affect Al Ahli

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said his Al Ahli side will not be burdened by playing in front of a hostile crowd against on Saturday in the second leg of the Asian Champions League final.

The Chinese club enter the match as strong favourites, since they are vastly experienced in the Champions League and only last month secured a fifth consecutive domestic title. This weekend, they will be backed by a sold-out 50,000-strong crowd.

However, Olaroiu said Ahli will take heart from previous away assignments this campaign, having defeated Naft Tehran 1-0 in the quarter-final first leg and then held Al Hilal to a 1-1 draw in Saudi Arabia in the opening semi-final encounter.

“We have played in Iran and in Riyadh against Al Hilal, where we had a full stadium with a lot of pressure,” Olaroiu said.

“So I hope the players will enjoy playing in a full stadium and the supporters of Guangzhou will not affect them.

“It is a pleasure and it does not happen every time, and that is why we have to enjoy it. I am sure they will not be afraid and they will play a good game.”

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