Selangor's Paulo Rangel (centre) mobbed by team-mates after scoring his team's goal against Arema of Indonesia in an AFC Cup match last month. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Paulo Rangel reckons that the M-League’s break has done tons of good for Selangor ahead of their AFC Cup Group F match.
The Red Giants play Maziya S&R at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives on Tuesday.
Selangor were thrashed 4-1 by Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in their Super League match and held to a 1-1 draw by Indonesia’s Arema in their AFC Cup Group F opener before the 15-day M-League break.
The Brazilian striker said that the team had intense training sessions during the break to rectify mistakes in their last two games.
The 29-year-old also downplayed the pressure on the Klang Valley giants to win the match and for him to find the back of the net after the poor results against JDT and Arema.
“I think the break was good for us because we had time to train and fix some flaws which occurred in the two matches,” said Rangel, who has scored eight goals for Selangor in all competitions.
“The break also gave us a welcome break after playing through a gruelling round of fixtures.
“Selangor are a great team and the pressure is normal ... we have to always look for a win. I’m used to it and I hope to continue scoring to help my team get good results.”
Maziya, who finished runners-up in the Maldives National Championship last year, got off to a poor start in the competition after suffering a 5-1 beating against Vietnam’s Hanoi T&T in their opening match last month.
However, the Maldives side won’t be easy opponents with five foreign players in their ranks – the Bulgarian trio of Zhivko Dinev (defender), Yavor Vandev (midfielder) and Rumen Aleksandrov (striker), Egyptian midfielder Eslam Mohamed Zaki Sarhan and South Sudanese striker Ladule Samora Peter.
Maziya also have a good record against Malaysian sides in the competition – holding Kelantan to a 1-1 draw in Kota Baru before beating the east coast side 6-1 in Maldives in the AFC Cup group stage last year.
“It will be a hard game ... different players, different country, an afternoon match under the hot sun but we want to qualify for the second round and we need to overcome all these to win,” added the former Muangthong United player.