J-League to debrief Asian Champions League clubs after another poor outing

With no Japanese team having won the tournament since Gamba Osaka in 2008, the league will consider ways to accommodate participating clubs beginning next season
The J-League this week confirmed that it will conduct an investigation into why Japanese clubs have struggled of late in the Asian Champions League.

While three of the league's four representatives reached the round of 16 following successful group stage campaigns, all were eliminated after away defeats.

In recent years, J-League clubs such as Cerezo Osaka and Nagoya Grampus, who have progressed in the tournament, have not been able to replicate their form domestically.

The league will send representatives to meet with Grampus, Gamba Osaka, Kashiwa Reysol, and FC Tokyo to discuss how a four-year drought in the competition can be halted.

"We want to hear each manager's requests and consider what we can do as a league," J-League General Secretary Daisuke Nakanishi told Nikkan.

"Compared to West Asian leagues the J-League doesn't adjust its schedule much to favor ACL clubs, so it's a question of to what extent that can be done."

The quarter-final draw for the ACL will take place later on Thursday afternoon in Kuala Lumpur.