Coach Kiatisak: ‘HAGL is very proud to be back in the AFC Champions League’
Coach Kiatisuk – Hoang Anh Gia Lai Club
Sharing at the press conference before the first match in Group H – AFC Champions League, coach Kiatisak expressed HAGL’s pride in participating in this arena after 17 years. “This is an opportunity for us players to learn from a big tournament. We are the hosts so we will play the best we can. As you can see, yesterday, the spectators queued up to buy tickets, it is estimated. 10,000 people. That image is the motivation for us to enter the match with the best spirit.”
When asked about the team’s offensive ability, coach Kiatisak shared: “We can’t say anything before the match has taken place. But football has two parts including defense and attack, switching from the room. If we focus only on defense, we won’t win. Tomorrow you will know how we play. We have 31 players and plan to use them all.”
Returning after 17 years as a coach when he was a player before, the head coach of HAGL feels that the AFC Champions League has changed a lot. “This is an opportunity to improve the team’s expertise as well as the player’s thinking. V.League and Champions League are two different tournaments, so the tactics will be different, so it is difficult to compare.”
Joining the press conference, midfielder Nguyen Tuan Anh affirmed: “The teams in this group are very strong, having participated in the AFC Champions League for many years. We are very excited to play with strong teams. HAGL. We will try our best in each match. Hopefully, the team will get good results. However, it is not until you enter the field and feel the pressure of the opponent to know how capable it is at this point. , I can only say that I feel very confident.”
Coach Kevin Muscat (Yokohama F.Marinos)
“We are very happy to be here. I want to express my gratitude for the help of the organizers. Due to the influence of the weather, we have not been able to practice well in the past few days but we Very excited for tomorrow’s game.
When we entered the tournament, we respected all of our opponents and played with utmost determination. HAGL has many excellent players. The players are members of their national team mainly on attack. These players promise to cause us many difficulties. But we analyzed the video of the game. Football is a team game, so we focus on the common style rather than the individual ability.”
When asked to evaluate Vietnamese football, Mr. Kevin Muscat shared: “In recent years, Vietnamese football has developed strongly. can play in different environments. I believe that Vietnamese football will develop even more when many talents are recognized in Asia.”
Coach Kim Sang Sik (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
“When we arrived at the airport, we were warmly greeted with fresh flowers by the organizers. I would like to thank the local BTC as well as other departments. Last year, we were in the quarterfinals but in the off-season. hey, we aim higher. The members of the team will do their best to fulfill that goal. It’s too early to say everything but we try every game to win.
Currently, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors is trying to adapt to weather conditions and yards in Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City to help the players reach the best physical condition. We will play our best in our first match against Sydney FC to win.
We have faced HAGL before but never won easily. So we will try not to let those difficulties happen again. At HAGL, Xuan Truong is an experienced player who played in the K.League. He is a big player so he will help HAGL a lot. HAGL has many other players with enough talent to play in the K.League.”
Coach Steve Corica Sydney FC
“We arrived more than a day late, so the preparation was also affected. The first match is very important. We will play offensively, deploying from the defense. The opponent from Korea is a strong team. when we have 3-4 national team players.However, we will do our best to get all 3 points.Jeonbuk is a team that has won many titles.They won the K.League in the last 3 wins. Their attack is very good, so we have to build a solid defense. We will also control the ball in the attacking organization to aim for the win.”
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