Posted October 01, 2012 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Marcello Lippi
Days after Guangzhou Evergrande surrendered its lead atop the Chinese Super League, World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi is be under intense pressure to mastermind a comeback from a 4-2 first-leg deficit against Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Asian Champions League. A season that promised so much for the Chinese champion is in serious danger of ending with nothing if the continental club championship bid fades in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. A surprise defeat in the domestic league to lowly Qingdao Jonoon last Friday night resulted in the long-term leaders slipping to second place with four games remaining behind Jiangsu Sainty. Elimination from the continental competition would be a disaster for Lippi. No Chinese team has won the Asian title since 1989 and Guangzhou has outlaid plenty of money recruiting talent in an attempt to end that barren run. The club hired Lippi, who took Italy to the 2006 World Cup and Juventus to the UEFA Champions League ...
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