Gamba Osaka coach Akira Nishino says his side will take nothing for granted ahead of Sunday's clash with Adelaide United at the FIFA Club World Cup, with a semi-final against Manchester United at stake.
Gamba, who pride themselves on their brand of attacking football, insisted their focus was on the Australian outfit they beat 5-0 on aggregate in November's two-leg AFC Champions League final to seal their first regional success.
"We are only looking at Adelaide," said Nishino, the 2008 AFC coach of the year, in response to Japanese media speculation on how the squad would fare against star-studded European champions Manchester United. "When it's a one-shot deal, Adelaide can show a different side. We want to prepare well for the game. Our immediate goal is victory on Sunday."
The pressure is on Gamba to improve upon the success of their J.League rivals Urawa Reds, who finished third in last year's tournament of continental champions won by AC Milan. Gamba want to use the competition as a springboard to become regular faces on the domestic, continental and intercontinental scene.
Midfielder Yasuhito Endo, voted the most valuable player of this year's AFC Champions League, said he was ready for the Adelaide game."It will be our third match in a short time. I am sure there will be easy and difficult phases in the game. But I am looking forward to meeting them again," said Endo.