Fabio Cannavaro not worried by Evergrande form; Fredy Guarin saves Shenhua
Fabio Cannavaro has said he is not concerned about Guangzhou Evergrande's faltering start to the Asian Champions League after seeing them held to a second consecutive draw, this time by Cerezo Osaka.
Cannavaro's team failed to find the net in a 0-0 stalemate against the Japanese team and picked up just a point in Osaka after being held 1-1 by Thailand's Buriram United in last week's opening round of matches.
Striker Alan Carvalho was guilty of missing several chances, but Cannavaro backed his team to come good as the countdown to the new Chinese Super League season continued.
"We prepared very carefully for this game and the team showed outstanding spirit. What matters most is that we created so many opportunities, but we only have two points," said Cannavaro.
"I'm not that concerned about Alan's performance, what I care most about is our ability to generate chances. So long as we are creating those, we are going to score sooner or later. This is professional football.
"You can create 20 shots but only have one goal as a payoff and your opponents can score on only one shot. This is part of football. So we have to keep creating opportunities."
The draw leaves the two-time winners of the continental championship in third place in Group G, with Cerezo top and Jeju United, from South Korea, second after their 2-0 win over Buriram United in Thailand.
Shanghai Shenhua, meanwhile, had Fredy Guarin to thank for a 2-2 draw with Sydney FC in Group H that ensures Wu Jingui's side -- like the other three Chinese Super League clubs in the competition -- remain unbeaten.
Obafemi Martins gave Shenhua the lead before goals from Luke Wilkshire and Alex Brosque put Sydney FC in front before Guarin guided his volley home from the edge of the area.
"We had a good start today, our players have grabbed the chance and led the game," Wu said.
"However we were a bit loose after that, Sydney took advantage of that and levelled the score.
"We improved after the break and managed to push back. Actually our second half was better. The only problem was that we failed to convert it into goals."
Kashima Antlers lead the group thanks to their 2-1 win over Suwon Bluewings, who remain in second with Shanghai third and Sydney propping up the table.
Michael Church has written about Asian football for more than 20 years and mainly covers the Chinese game for ESPN FC. Twitter: @michaelrgchurch