Expecting a a one-goal difference, Choi: We’re still haunted by 2011 loss
Jeonbuk’s South Korean coach Choi Kang-Hee said that his team is thirsty to win the 2016 AFC Champions League title in order to shake off their exit from the 2011 finals.
He pointed out that “Following our win of the title in 2006, we failed to re-win it in 2011; since then the title loss turned into a daily nightmare to us over the past five years.”
He said that they will win the first-leg despite suspension will deprive them of their defender Cho Sung-Hwan; “Our odds of winning are good; our players are pretty focused, strong, tenacious and they feel responsible to delight their fans,” he confirmed.
It is to be noted that Jeonbuk opened the current November with a serious setback when they lost the K-League title after a 0-1 loss to Seoul though they were perched at the summit of the table several times during the current season.
“The loss of K-League won’t shake my players; they’re aware of the importance of the AFC first-leg and plan to play their best,” he clarified.
“Despite we’re known,” he continued “for our style of pushing forward when we play on our grounds, we have to maintain a high degree of attentiveness because both finalists are powerful and our rivals have a number of threatening players.”
He guessed that the encounter will end with a one-goal difference; “The first to score, the first to guarantee a win.” He concluded.