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AFC Champions League Preview: Al Jazira vs Esteghlal Khouzestan - Henk Ten Cate side look to get back on track logo 27-02-2017
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United Arab Emirates outfit Al Jazira face Esteghlal Khouzestan in their 2017 AFC Champions League (ACL) Group B encounter at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Monday.

The side from the capital will be desperate for a positive result following their 3-0 defeat to Lekhwiya in the opening game.

The loss was their 10th game without a win in the continental tournament. After conceding three in the first game, manager Henk Ten Cate will be concerned as they have now gone 16 matches without a clean sheet in the competition.

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On the other hand, Esteghlal Khouzestan celebrated a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia’s Al Fateh on their first ever AFC Champions League appearance as they joined Qatar’s Lekhwiya as the early pace-setters in Group B.

Jan Versleijen, the Al Jazira assistant manager spoke about having to rotate players for Champions League ties.

"Everyone knows of our result in the first game, which means we have a big task now and we’ll try to get best possible result," the Dutchman said.

"We are playing a full league and the championship is very close to us. We had a meeting with the technical staff and decided to balance the two games. That implicates that some of our players will not play the full 90 minutes. Some may play half the game."

Nevertheless, Versleijen insists that the players will do everything in their power to win their home game.

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"We have three games in one week so we have to balance out the team by rotating the players. I can assure you the players for tomorrow’s game will do everything to win the three points.

"We are always well prepared to face any opponent. I don’t think there is a big difference between the four teams in our group, perhaps, it will be the home advantage. Here we are playing at home."

Meanwhile, Sirous Pourmousavi, Esteghlal Khouzestan manager, was in high spirits following his side's win the opening encounter.

"We are in a good situation," he said. "We had a good first game and we have all our players ready for this game. We spent a few days in Dubai in a camp and now ready looking forward to our first game away."

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