Pohang Steelers head coach Kim Ki-dong has vowed to “deliver a good result” to give the home fans a victory in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) after a long absence.
Kim attended the pre-match press conference, which was held a day ahead of the 2023-2024 ACL Group J second leg against Wuhan ShenZhen (China) at Pohang Steel Yards at 7 p.m. on April 4. He was joined by foreign striker Zeca, who is playing as the ‘main gun’.
Coach Kim said, “We got off to a good start against Hanoi in the first leg. This is the first ACL game at home this season. I think we have a good chance of winning if we play as prepared.” “We are currently showing good form in the K League. We will try to continue to show that kind of performance.”
This will be Wuhan’s first appearance in the ACL. Despite their lack of experience, they are a powerhouse, having won the Chinese Super League (CSL) title last season. “We have Mal-kung and Park Ji-soo, who played in the K League,” says Kim. However, both players are expected to miss out due to injuries,” said Kim. “Their defense is good at offside traps and counterattacks. To win, we need to penetrate the dense space of Wuhan’s defense. We’ll also have to be wary of a foreign striker, whose name I can’t remember, who seems to have a lot of speed and strength.”
“I personally traveled to Wuhan in 2015. It was before the 2016 Rio Olympics. I have good memories,” he added, “and I hope to bring those memories to tomorrow’s game and win.”바카라
This is the first ACL game at Pohang Steel Yard since 2016. In the meantime, it was held at a neutral site for a while due to the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). “It’s been a long time since we’ve played an ACL game at home. We will do our best to achieve good results not only in this game but also in the future.”
Zeca, who attended the press conference with Kim, said, “Tomorrow’s game will be a tough one. But since we’re playing at home, we’ll give it our all to get the three points. “Of course, I want to score goals, but I’m not interested in personal records. The most important thing is to win with the way I play. I think every player is playing to win, not just me,” he emphasized.
“I heard that we are playing the ACL game at home after a long time, and I hope that many fans will come and support us like in the last East Coast Derby. We will give a gift of victory to our fans,” he concluded.