Confidence is high within FC Seoul’s stay brazen of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final contra Western Sydney nonetheless is it justified?
Ahead of a initial leg of a AFC Champions League (ACL) semi-final opposite Western Sydney Wanderers, FC Seoul’s homepage was dominated by a cool-looking striking of a club’s design station high over a quarrel of depressed badges, fibbing domino-style.
These belonged to a Asian teams -Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Central Coast Mariners, Beijing Guoan, Kawasaki Frontale and Pohang Steelers – already vanquished on Seoul’s run to within touching stretch of a second unbroken coming in a ACL final.
Whether a Wanderers’ logo, hovering uncertainly, will also pile-up to a building stays to be seen. The form book says, well, maybe.
It’s tough to know with Seoul this season, one that domestically has been forgettable nonetheless could be redeemed by a initial continental championship.
Unsurprisingly, a summary from a group is one of confidence.
Coach Choi Yong-soo has been portrayal a goalless pull from a initial leg in Korea in a certain light.
“Western Sydney might consider they have a advantage,” he pronounced after a 1-1 pull final Wednesday during home to relegation strugglers Gyeongnam FC.
“We also have an advantage. Mentally, we are strong.”
Mentally, maybe, physically, maybe – a group was given a weekend off in a domestic joining and arrived down underneath early Monday morning – nonetheless in football terms, that is many harder to say.
It shouldn’t be as, in terms of results, all is good.
Go Yo-han’s equaliser opposite Gyeongnam recorded an dominant run that has now reached 13 games.
Seoul is tough to kick generally compared to a nightmarish start to a deteriorate when a players struggled to adjust to a three-man counterclaim (the introduction of that was something of a warn given a fact that Choi is mostly indicted of being tactically regressive and predictable).
In terms of performances though, it is not utterly as impressive.
Seoul has struggled to find any unchanging fluency this deteriorate and, while a counterclaim has tightened, going brazen it is a opposite story as no goals in a final 382 mins of a ACL suggests.
“This is an divided diversion in that we have to score. It is not a diversion to play passively,” pronounced Choi who explained that is what a Australians did in a initial leg.
“Western Sydney is a kind of group that if it needs one idea to win, it won’t try to tough to measure some-more than two. It is a small defensive.”
Even so, a manager voiced his faith that a Wanderers will be some-more aggressive during home, and his wish as such a plan will fit a visitor.
There are aptness concerns over Spanish left-sided defender Osmar Barba.
The former Thai-based star should play however and keep that plain backline in tact.
Yun Il-lok is a large skip as a assailant is on Asian Games duty, during that he picked adult an injury.
Mauricio Molina has had a unsatisfactory deteriorate nonetheless a Colombian has a possibility to redeem himself and maybe find a final round that eluded a group all season.
Usually in a some-more executive purpose this year, he is a closest thing a group has to a playmaker.
There is vigour on a coach.
In 2010, Seoul averaged attendances tighten to 30,000, nonetheless in 2014 that figure is now around 16,500.
Against Gyeongnam only over 4,000 were present, a lowest assemblage for years.
These are worrying total for a bar that prides itself on being a many professionally run in a K League.
An indifferent deteriorate and a miss of entertainment, essential in a really perfectionist marketplace like a Korean capital, has seen fans deposit away.
Winning a ACL would spin an indifferent year into something special and maybe diffuse a slow doubts over Choi’s talents as a manager and safeguard that he stays gentle in a hotseat.
Before withdrawal for Australia, there was speak in a stay of invoking a ‘Esteghlal spirit’. At a same theatre final season, Seoul left for a second leg in Tehran.
Ninety thousand fans packaged a Azadi Stadium nonetheless a Koreans stood organisation and picked adult a 2-2 draw. It helped nonetheless that a initial leg had been won 2-0.
There is no such advantage this time nonetheless still, there is certainty that Seoul can supplement Western Sydney Wanderers to the list of Asian victims.