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Saitama: Kawasaki Frontale full-back Elsinho was in bullish mood ahead of Wednesday’s AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg, predicting a comfortable win in the return meeting with Urawa Red Diamonds.

A 3-1 victory in the first encounter between the sides at Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium on August 23 does undoubtedly put Kawasaki in the driving seat ahead of the visit to Urawa’s home turf, although Yuki Muto’s potentially crucial away goal could give his side hope.


Hope, that Elsinho believes, is misguided.

“I believe that we can go and score one, two, three – many – goals at Urawa’s home,” said the Brazilian.

“With that in mind, I don’t think there is any need for to us to be concerned about the goal we conceded.

“The fact that we scored three goals ourselves already is very big, that we were able to decisively win the first leg is very important to this tie.”

Having appeared in the last eight stage in 2007 and 2009, Kawasaki could be on the brink of a first-ever AFC Champion League semi-final, with the club previously eliminated by Sepahan of Islamic Republic of Iran and countrymen Nagoya Grampus in the quarter-finals.

Moreover, if Kawasaki avoid defeat on Wednesday they will extend their unbeaten run in the 2017 AFC Champions League to 10 consecutive matches - currently only they and Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal are yet to taste defeat.

“Now we’re just at ‘half-time’ in the quarter-final,” added Elsinho.

“We can’t just be happy with this win but still have to play the ‘second-half’ away in Urawa, so now we have to turn our attentions to that game and prepare ourselves to win there too.

“Every player in this team goes into every game aiming to win, all we think about is winning, and I think we can do the same and go and win in Urawa too.”

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