J-League star Chanathip Songkrasin is determined to spearhead Thailand to an upset over the powerful China as the two nations confront in the Asian Cup round of 16 at 9pm today in Al Ain.
The Consadole Sapporo midfielder is ready to take up a huge challenge against the two-time finalists supervised by Italian legend Marcello Lippi, manager of the Italy’s 2006 World Cup winning team.
“This is a knockout stage. If we lose, it means we have to go home. But that’s not what we want. We still hope to continue in the tournament,” said Chanathip who produced a goal for Thailand during the group A stage against Bahrain.
“We wont underestimate China. We have to stick to the game plan and stay really focussed. Chinese players are very strong and have aggressive game. They have improved dramatically. We need to rely on a good teamwork like we’ve done so far,” the 25-year-old player said.
The game will be broadcast live on Channel 7 and Fox Sports HD at 9pm.