Debutants target Asian crown under Eriksson

Sven-Goran Eriksson landed in China PR 3 years ago promising accomplishment. As well as the 68-year-old Swedish coach has duly delivered in impressive fashion.

Upon his arrival at Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou R&F, the former Lazio and England boss told that he aimed to take the newly-promoted side for the upcoming AFC Champions League. While this sounded like mission impossible for even the most optimistic of club supporter, Guangzhou eventually finished third that season and thus secured a playoff place for the following year’s continental competition.

And he repeated such a results with Shanghai SIPG last year, taking the fifa 16 coins rapidly-developing side to their maiden AFC Champions League appearance. Under Eriksson, Shanghai have eased straight into the groove of continental competition, going all way to the last eight.

In a sense, Shanghai have achieved more than expected by reaching the quarter-final stage. But Eriksson has quickly adjusted his aim from being competitive on debut, to potentially winning the trophy.

“We are now competing on three fronts – the AFC Champions League, the C League and FA Cup,” he told in a recent exclusive interview. “Of course, we are hoping to go further in each campaign. But topping all, we want to win a trophy, whatever competition. And we want to continue to qualify for next year’s AFC Champions League.”