“HAGL Very proud to be in such a big event as the AFC Champions League. For the first time in 17 years, we are competing on the highest arena in Asia. This is an opportunity for HAGL players to learn. We are here to show our home audience the best.
Yesterday, there was a long queue for spectators to buy tickets. About 10,000 people came to the stadium to watch the game.Competing in the best spirit is the joy and motivation of HAGL”, shared by coach Kiatisak Senamuang ahead of Group H AFC opening game Champions League Tomorrow, April 16th at 6pm between HAGL and Yokohama F.Marinos at Thong Nhat Stadium.
HAGL is back in the AFC Champions League for the first time, while Yokohama F.Marinos is one of the strongest teams in Japan. In the V-League, coach Chiatisak created a counter-attack and a smooth transition for HAGL, but the AFC Champions League presented a very different challenge.
In Kiatisak’s view, it is impossible to say in advance whether HAGL will play defense or offense, but must harmoniously combine various factors to play with the highest determination and create surprises.
“HAGL can’t say much about offense, but we play our tactics with the highest determination. In football, there is always defence, attack and transition. A team that only defends cannot beat an opponent.
We cannot just defend or attack, but we must know how to change the state accordingly. How we play, the fans will know in tomorrow’s game. HAGL has 31 players and each player will have a plan‘, added Coach Chiatisak.
The Thai leader also sees the six AFC Champions League matches against Jeonbuk Hyundai, Yokohama Mariners and Sydney FC as an opportunity for HAGL players to improve their skills.
“I am very proud to be back in the AFC Champions League after 17 years. I see the league change. I think it’s an opportunity to improve the player’s level and mentality.The players will play with prideshared coach Kiatisak.