Vidmar has no special plans to stop Rivaldo

The Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar has no gameplan to tackle the threat of Rivaldo when his side face Bunyodkor in the Asian Champions League.

Bunyodkor playmaker Rivaldo, left, controls the ball during the 5-1 victory over Iran's Saipa.
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The Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar has no gameplan to tackle the threat of Rivaldo when his side face Bunyodkor in the Asian Champions League semi-final first leg today. The Brazilian former World Player of the Year has been in superb form since joining the Uzbek side a month ago. But Vidmar said: "We've never focused on just one player throughout our campaign although we have seen a number of good players in his position.

"We know how good a player he is but I think if you start focusing too much on one player, there are others that can cause danger. "We certainly won't have anyone to man-mark him but obviously when he has the ball, whoever is in the vicinity will put pressure on the ball and on the man. That's the approach we're going to take with him." Bunyodkor scored an impressive 7-3 aggregate victory over Iran's Saipa in the last eight but their coach Zico denied that his team are under pressure to be crowned Asia's top club.

"We are one of the surprises of the AFC Champions League this season so I don't think that there is any pressure on us to win it," said the former Japan national coach. "We have a good team and of course we will try our best to win the semi-final and reach the final. "But even if we don't make it, it will not be regarded as a failure. "We have a very good technical team and as we are in the semi-finals of the Champions League, it means that they have played very well all season. I am only worried about the physical condition of the players because our season is nearly finished and some of them are quite tired."

However, Vidmar feels it is his side, and not the Uzbeks, who are underdogs for the clash. The A-League team recorded a stunning 2-1 aggregate victory against Japanese champions Kashima Antlers in the quarter-finals but Vidmar insists that the big-spending Bunyodkor face all the pressure. "If they're a surprise package, then we must be the super, super surprise package," he said. "There's absolutely no pressure on us. We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

"It's been a fantastic ride so far and hopefully it will continue. "I'm really confident that the boys can perform , there's a very good chance of getting a result." In the night's other game, Urawa Reds travel to Gamba Osaka in an all-Japanese clash. * With agencies