Sky Blues Expecting Korean Challenge


With both teams heading into Wednesday night’s AFC Champions League clash on the back of continental victories, Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold said he’s expecting a good challenge at the Steelyard Stadium.

The Sky Blues have the chance to take top spot in group H with a win and Arnold has the intention of returning to Sydney with three points as the group stage reaches the half way mark.

“Pohang have had two very good results in their first two games with the draw away to Guangzhou and the good win at home against Urawa Reds,” Arnold said.

“We had a fantastic result at home to Guangzhou last game so we’re looking forward to a good challenge and test tomorrow night.

“We have to have the right intentions to win tomorrow night. We travelled here from Australia and we brought our best team across because we’re serious about wanting to get the three points and this result.

“We know we’re up against a strong team but we’re looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“We’re prepared for anything and we’ve come here to win the match, we haven’t come here to draw. We have nothing to lose.”

For Sky Blues striker Matt Simon it’s another return to Korea after his stint with Jeonnam Dragons, as the front man divulged the qualities that the K-League possesses while saying the Sky Blues squad have travelled in confidence.

“We’re looking forward to the match tomorrow night, our previous game we had a great result against the Champions of Asia and we come here full of confidence,” Simon said.

“We know Pohang are a strong team and won the Champions League three times and do quite well in the domestic league every year. We’re looking forward to a good battle and putting on a good performance.

“My time at Jeonnam was a difficult one because I was injured a lot and didn’t play very much, but in the games I did play it was a very physical league and I enjoyed my time when I was able to play in the K-League,” he continued.

“It’s physical, the players are quite fast and technically good so we have to have a good game plan.”

Sydney FC take on Pohang Steelers at Steelyard Stadium on Wednesday night (kick off 9:30pm AEDT). Catch the match live on Fox Sports 4 or follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for updates. 

Sydney FC’s 2016 AFC Champions League campaign proudly supported by StarTrack and UNSW

Sydney FC AFC Champions League memberships are still on sale. Get your AFC Champions League Membership today and see the Sky Blues take on the best in Asia at home!