After serving to HAGL win the 2022 Quang Trung Emperor Cup earlier this 12 months, Kiatisuk Senamuang is trying ahead to this years AFC Champions League group stage, regardless of his sides powerful opposition. Photograph thanhnien.vn
HÀ NỘI — The draw for the AFC Champions League group stage has put Hoàng Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) right into a ‘Group of Dying’, pitted towards a number of the greatest sides in Asia. Nonetheless, HAGL’s supervisor Kiatisuk Senamuang sees it is a good alternative, relatively than unhealthy luck.
HAGL will meet Jeonbuk Huyndai Motors, Yokohama F. Marinos and one in every of three groups competing for a play-off spot (Changchun Yatai F.C, Sydney FC or Kaya FC) in Group H.
Jeonbuk are one of many strongest groups in Korea, having received the AFC Champions League twice and the Ok League 9 occasions – a file.
In Japan, four-time J League champions Yokohama F. Marinos completed in second final season, behind solely Kawasaki Frontale.
Of the three groups combating it out for the ultimate slot, Sydney FC are favourites to hitch Group H. With a file 5 A league titles, the Australian aspect are thought-about a lot stronger than China’s Changchun Yatai and the Philippine’s Kaya.
Regardless of going through the continent’s high opponents, Kiatisuk didn’t complain concerning the draw, arguing that each workforce at this stage are powerful opponents. As a substitute, the 48–12 months–previous supervisor is seeing this as a chance for his aspect.
“Regardless of how troublesome it’s, we are going to combat for Vietnamese soccer,” Kiatisuk stated.
“Falling into the ‘Group of Dying’ is definitely very useful for the workforce. At this stage, no group is simple. We need to see the place our workforce is compared to the perfect.
“Everybody is aware of the AFC Champions League options the groups in Asia. Our purpose is to do our greatest to assist HAGL gamers achieve extra expertise when going through off towards high quality gamers.
“That is soccer, as predictable as it’s. We all know it will likely be troublesome however we are going to strive our greatest to take pleasure in it as a lot as doable.”
After 17 years of ready, HAGL are lastly returning to the largest stage of Asia soccer. The workforce attended the event in 2004 and 2005 however failed each occasions to get out of their group.
This 12 months, with high quality international gamers similar to Washington Brandao, Jefferson Baiano, Mauricio Barbosa and Kim Dong-su, Kiatisuk’s males are hoping to shock their sturdy opponents.
The group stage will run from April 15 to Might 1. The group winners and the three greatest runners-up will advance to the following spherical. VNS
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