Asamoah Gyan aware of Ittihad threat in Champions League clash, sure of Al Ain triumph
Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan wants to write his name in the history books of the UAE club when they clash with Al Ittihad in Tuesday’s AFC Champions League match.
The Ghana captain admits that the first-leg of the quarter-final clash with their arch rivals from Saudi Arabia will be tough but has no doubts that Al Ain will triumph.
The United Arab Emirates side, Al Ain, were held to a 1-1 draw by their Saudi Arabian opponents in their home clash in the group phase of the competition before Ittihad won the return leg 2-1.
The rivalry between the two sides is intense after the two teams clashed in the 2005 Champions League final, with Al Ittihad winning 5-3 on aggregate.
Gyan, who is the competition’s leading scorer with 10 goals, admits the match will be tough but he is confident they will triumph.
“Al Ittihad is a very good side but not better than us,” Gyan said.
“It’s going to be a difficult game for us but I am sure my goals will see us through.
“I know the traditions of these two sides and for me to be part of this history my goals must do the talking so our fans will have the bragging rights this time round.”