The Paraguay international arrived in China this week following his big-money move to Marcello Lippi's side, although he's not expecting an easy rideLucas Barrios says he's looking forward to showing his ability in the AFC Champions League (ACL) after being unveiled by new club Guangzhou Evergrande.
The 27-year-old Paraguay international arrived in China earlier this week to link up with the Chinese champions on a deal reportedly worth €6.7 million per season.
Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou have qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2012 ACL and Barrios, who helped Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back titles in Germany, said he was looking forward to playing in the continental competition.
"I'm extremely happy to come to Evergrande and to China. I'm also looking forward to showing my ability in the AFC Champions competition," Barrios told reporters.
The Argentina-born striker added that he wasn't expecting life to be easy in Chinese football.
"No one can decide a game," Barrios said. "Only through working hard with your team-mates can you win. I can help the team win in the games ahead, and I believe I will be successful in China."
Barrios continued that he believes Chinese football was on the up, with players like Nicolas Anelka leading the big-name moves to the Super League.
"The Chinese league and the entire soccer industry in China have improved a lot in recent years, which helped me make the decision to move here," he said.
"Through conversations with the club's managers and some of my friends, I knew Guangzhou Evergrande was a team that was run with an international approach, so I decided I would have a try in China."