Beijing FC head coach Bruno Genesio wants all members of his squad to contribute to a successful AFC Champions League 2020 campaign ahead of their season bout Melbourne Victory in Group E today.
The Chinese Super League team has set a 100% record so far. If she wins two of two and a third win in a row keeps her away from her pursuers halfway through the group stage.
“It was important to us that we started with a win and now we have to focus on trying to win against another strong team. We have to try to win every game and qualify for the next level, ”said Genesio.
“I’m going to make some changes, XI won’t play all the time. We have to worry about the risk of fatigue and injury. The schedule is tight and we have to be careful. ”
On the flip side, the positive outlook from Melbourne Victory’s assistant coach Steve Kean was reinforced by his hope that the Australian side can play well and advance to the next round.
“Psychologically, we’ve made the bladder situation an opportunity to gel and get to know yourself on a more human level. And having a centralized tournament helps us prepare and focus on each game without having to worry about more travel before each game and hopefully we can keep the competition going and evolving, ”said Kean.
Seoul face Chiangrai
In the other Group E encounter today, head coach Lee Won-jun will only select those in top physical shape for his FC Seoul, who start with XI against Chiangrai United from Thailand.
The 2013 runner-up started with a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory in February, but one more Park Chu-Young goal on Saturday was not enough as he lost 2-1 to Beijing FC and fell back to second place Group E. .
“We have had a win and a loss so far. We have the ambition and the goal to win the upcoming games. We will strive to win the next. We have analyzed our opponents and we will select the players who are in the best shape to start the game, ”said Lee.
After losing the first two games of the competition 1-0 to Melbourne Victory and Beijing FC, Chiangrai United had to wait nine months for his third game in the AFC Champions League.
« We hope that we can do our best in this tournament, not only for our team, but also as a representative of Thailand in the AFC Champions League, » said head coach Alongkorn Thongaum.
The Perth Glory youth are ready for the challenge
In Group F, Perth Glory may be staring into the elimination round, but the players remain in good spirits ahead of today’s clash against Korea Republic’s Ulsan Hyundai, according to head coach Cristian Ola.
Without a point from the first two games, Perth is still without the services of a number of older players
Perth put up a legion of new faces in their 2-1 loss to Shanghai Shenhua last Wednesday. Teens like Bryce Bafford and 16-year-old Joshua Rawlins have received their first senior starts for the club.
« It’s a young squad and very motivated, » said Ola, who is part of the technical staff led by former Socceroo Richard Garcia. « Together they get on very well and make a fantastic group. It’s a fantastic challenge for them. You are very excited every day and every hour in this hub. You make the most of it. ”
For Perth, the six-day break since their last game is an advantage. Ulsan is back in action just 72 hours after the impressive 3-1 win over Shanghai Shenhua.
Ulsan boss Kim Do-hoon believes his squad is prepared enough to continue his winning form.
“There is a feeling of pressure for the players to play every three days, but I can tell the players that the ACL is a great opportunity to show your quality and that how we prepared is more important than that current situation. Said the former star of the Republic of Korea.
With four points from two games, Ulsan can bring himself within reach of the round of 16 with another three points. Tokyo’s Hasegawa is wary of Shenhua
Tokyo FC head coach Kenta Hasegawa has dropped suggestions that his side are favorites against a understaffed Shanghai Shenhua FC. The Chinese club’s local players will be a real challenge in Group F today.
With star imports Giovanni Moreno and Kim Shin-wook unlikely to be seen, Shenhua will demand strong performances from their home players in the crucial game on Matchday 3 of Group F, but Hasegawa refuses to slightly injure Choi Kang-hee’s squad to take.
Ahead of his team’s first AFC Champions League game in nine months, the Tokyo boss said his side had to be at their best to maintain the unbeaten start to the competition they started in February.
« Of course, without the skills of these foreign players (Shanghai) might have fewer factors on the team, » said the former Japan international.
“We pay close attention to the AFC Champions League, in which Chinese teams in particular have very good foreigners and famous foreign players, but we also pay attention to the local Chinese players.
« They are very strong and talented players themselves, so I don’t see much of a change in tomorrow’s game. « . ”
Shenhua boss Choi Kang-hee, two-time boss of the AFC Champions League at Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, confirmed that he will make significant personnel changes after Saturday’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Ulsan Hyundai and urged his protégés to exercise any fatigue to overcome.
« We’re still switching some players for this game, but as head coach and as a player we still have to do our best to win the game, » said Choi. “We have already analyzed the data and videos from FC Tokyo. We have to come up with a strategy that will block their key attacking players, but the most important thing for this team is that our players recover as quickly as possible. « Today’s games
1 p.m .: Beijing FC (CHN) versus Melbourne Victory (AUS)
4 p.m .: FC Seoul (KOR) against Chiangrai United (THA)
1 p.m .: FC Tokyo (JPN) against Shanghai Shenhua FC (CHN)
4 p.m .: Perth Glory (AUS) against Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR)
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