Victory not impossible against Barcelona: Guangzhou coach Scolari

Osaka (Japan), Dec 13 (IANS) Guangzhou Evergrande chief coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes they can beat Spanish giants Barcelona when they meet in the Club Football World Cup semi-final on December 17.

The 2002 World Cup winning coach witnessed his outfit rally from behind to clinch a 2-1 victory over Club America on Sunday.

“Club America are a huge team, with a fantastic history, but we fought back and won and we should continue to dream big for the next match against Barcelona. Victory is not impossible,” Scolari was quoted as saying by goal.com.

The Brazilian also explained why he made “three high-risk substitutions” in the clash on Sunday.

“Football’s a 90-minute game and we really wanted to make the semi-finals, so I made some high-risk substitutions,” he said.

“On this occasion, they worked — on another night it might not have done. But I know the team and I know what they can do.”

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