Ahead of their Group E final against FC Seoul, Melbourne Victory assistant coach Steve Kane expressed excitement over the build-up to the 2020 AFC Champions League matchday six.
With Melbourne Victory in third place, four points behind just two points from their opponents today, they could reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2001. The first match between the two sides ended in a 1-0 victory. Park Chu-Young’s initial efforts courtesy of FC Seoul.
“It’s been changing very fast since the last match, so we focused on video analysis and recovery,” Kane said. “Today we will see the stadium and hold a strategic session on the pitch. We are in the pre-season, this is the time when we are preparing the team and the players. We will select players who are physically ready for the game. “
“We have a strong team starting tomorrow, it’s very exciting to have such a big game at the beginning of our season, with the opportunity to progress to the next stage of the high caliber competition. We don’t expect a heavy rotation given the nature of the game, but we do have one if we need to use other players.
For FC Seoul, a draw will be enough to seal the knock-out stage place for the first time since 2001, but for head coach Lee Von-Jun, it’s about collecting three points at Education City Stadium today. “Tomorrow’s game is our last in the group stage and we have to win it because it’s so important,” Lee said. “It’s true that before tomorrow’s match we’re in a better position than Melbourne Victory, but we’re just thinking about winning the match, not drawing.”
“We are preparing on that basis. The position of the players is very good, and we want to win this game. Our goal is to advance beyond the round of 16, we came to Qatar with the ambition to bring success to this club. “
Genio will put faith in Chiangrai among Beving’s youth
The second Group E fixtures today see the Gasinted Group winners Basing FC face beat Chiang Rai United at the Jasim Bin Hamad Stadium. Head coach Bruno Genesio is ready to give his Beijing FC stars a day off, but nonetheless, a quality performance in Dead Rubber against the removed Chiang Rai is expected.
The Chinese team has the best record in the East Zone of the competition, having won all five of their matches in a way that suggests they could be among the title contenders in a span of two weeks.
While there is nothing from either side in today’s clash, Janiso believes he has a responsibility to allow his senior players to recover at the knockout stage, but supports those who come to the side to perform at the same level.
“It’s very important that we make some changes in a match like this, so that tomorrow some players who have played a lot will get a rest,” the Frenchman said. “It’s important for me to relax them and prevent injuries. I think it’s also a reward for players who haven’t played much, but who have trained very hard from the start. I also have confidence in the players who play less and I think they will show their best in the game tomorrow. ”
On the other side of Beijing’s bid for group stage perfection is Thailand’s Chiangrai United, who will enter the match knowing their first appearance in Asia’s top competition, no result, will finish with a final whistle.
The campaign has seen a number of setbacks for the 2019 Thai League champions, most notably the AFC Champions League win over FC Seoul in four matches, but interim coach Along Ngekorn Thongam says falling into the group stage does not mean their partnership is a success. .
A representative from Thailand’s only club will soon be heading to the tournament, with the Southeast Asian nation’s attention soon turning to the fate of national team star Therathon Bunmathan.
Yukoma F., 30. Is in superb form for the Marinos, and Along Langcorn announced that, while Changrai will no longer be able to move forward, he will be happy to see the war elephants become full-fledged Asian champions.
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