Al Ain’s South Korea star Lee Myung-joo has declared there will be no excuse for a lack of silverware in the Garden City this season.
The 25-year-old was the only foreign player retained by the Arabian Gulf League champions during the summer, talisman Asamoah Gyan headlining the list of departures after four trophy-laden years.
There is a natural bedding-in period required for signings Ryan Babel, Emmanuel Emenike and Fellipe Bastos. But the Boss’ midfield enforcer insisted the fresh faces can help bring more silverware to Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.
“I am confident that we can still win titles with the new players,” said the former Pohang Steelers man.
“We have to, we must do. Just because there are new players, there is no excuse for Al Ain not to win.
“The foreign players have enough ability to win the league and do well here, along with the local players as well.” Lee, who has 14 caps for the Taeguk Warriors, said he was aware of the trio before they arrived and revealed he had been trying to make them feel welcome in their new surroundings.
“As you know, Ryan Babel, Emmanuel Emenike and Fellipe Bastos are big players,” he said.
“I knew them before they came in and I was happy to play with the big players. “I haven’t shown them round yet but I will show them around Al Ain and Dubai very soon.”
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