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‘HAGL has many strengths’

We come here with 66 members. This is a tough game. I respect HAGL when playing at home, get used to the weather and yard conditions. They are a team with many strengths. I’m preparing the best for the first match“, coach Kevin Muscat of Yokohama F.Marinos Club confirmed.

On the morning of April 12, Yokohama F.Marinos arrived in Ho Chi Minh City to prepare to compete in the group stage of the AFC Champions League. In Group H, the Japanese representative will compete with HAGL, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (Korea) and Sydney FC (Australia). The defending runner-up Japanese team has a special goal of winning one of the two leading positions to advance to the 1/8 round.

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Coach Kevin Muscat (left) and the head of the organizing committee of Group H AFC Champions League Nguyen Tan Anh.

Yokomaha F.Marinos’ goal is to win and advance through the group stage“, confirmed by coach Kevin Muscat. Coincidentally, in the 2020 season, Yokohama F.Marinos topped the group with the presence of Jeonbuk and Sydney FC. However, Muscat’s teachers and students then stopped in the 1/8 round. after losing to Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

The last time Yokohama F.Marinos encountered a Vietnamese representative in the AFC Champions League was in the 2004 season, when the Japanese representative won Binh Dinh with a score of 6-0 and 3-0 respectively in the first and second legs.

At J-League 1 this season, Yokohama F.Marinos is second in the group after 10 rounds, winning 18 points, 2 points behind the leader Kawasaki Frontale.

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Yokohama F.Marinos ranked first in the AFC Champions League last season.

Meanwhile, coach Kiatisak affirmed that HAGL will play to the best of its ability in the AFC Champions League to give the audience good matches. No Vietnamese club has ever qualified for the AFC Champions League group stage. Last season, Viettel Club won 2, lost 4 after 6 matches, ranked third in the group stage.

It’s been a long time since HAGL returned to the AFC Champions League. The players are very happy that their dream has come true. We want to do our best in the AFC Champions League, not only for the fans but also for Vietnamese football“, coach Kiatisak emphasized.

At 6pm on April 16, HAGL will face Yokohama F.Marinos in the opening match of Group H AFC Champions League.

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