^^^ would rep you if i could. liaoning isnt a strong team ans they didnt expect they would go through the playoffs. if they failed, they will play in a non-significant tournament that doesnt fully subsidize flight tickets and hospitalities. not to mention long distance flights, playing in india on wednesday and a csl match on saturday -- bringing fatigue for players and impacting league performance. afc cup doesnt allow you to use reserve players too. ultimately, what's the significance of winning the afc cup anyway?