Server Djeparov: FC Lokomotiv can reach semifinals in 2017 AFC Champions League
Uzbekistan Premier League winners, FC Lokomotiv Tashkent learned their Group Stage opponents for the 2017 AFC Champions League on Tuesday following the competition’s official draw in Kuala Lumpur.
Uzbekistan giant will face off with Al Ahli (UAE), Al Taawoun (Saudi Arabia) and the winner of PO-3 in the group stage of 2017 AFC Champions League.
After the following official draw, FC Lokomotiv midfielder, Server Djeparov expressed his thoughts about the group stage rivals.
"Fortunately, the official draw did not hand difficult competitors for us in a group stage. It means that we have enough opportunity to beat these rivals. But, overestimating our strength and neglecting the opponents can negatively effect on our results. Because there are not weak teams in AFC Champions league where the best teams come from different countries are ready to battle for three points in each group stage match."
"However, I believe that we can finish the group stage taking the advantage to play in the knock-out stage. We are preparing to provide high results showing good quality performance for our fans. I am looking forward to reaching semi-finals at least and our team will manage to do it", says Server Djeparov.