Sydney FC full back Connor O’Toole knows there is a lot at stake tonight ahead of the Sky Blues AFC Champions League clash against Yokohama F. Marinos.
After the two games the group is incredibly tight with all four teams within three points of each other.
A win for either club tonight could give them an advantage over the rest of the group.
“It’s a very important game for us,” said O’Toole, who spent three years at school in Japan.
“I feel like we should have taken more out of the two games we’ve already played.
“In saying that it has been very positive, we kept a clean sheet against Jeonbuk and were unlucky to concede against the Vietnamese team.
“I think if we’d taken our chances a bit better we could have been further up the group.”
Head Coach Steve Corica is of the same opinion and knows the match against a former Wolves team-mate, could be pivotal in Sydney FC’s bid to get out of the Group H and into the last 16.
“It’s a very big game for both teams. After their loss against Jeonbuk they need a win and so do we after two draws,” said Corica.
“They’ve got some quality, we’ve analysed them and they are doing really well.
“I know their coach very well, he’s a friend of mine and Australian Kevin Muscat, so that will add some spice to the match as well.”
This is Sydney FC’s third match of the campaign with the Sky Blues set for four games in ten days to complete the group.
Korea’s Jeonbuk lead the group on four points, with Yokohama second (3 points), Sydney FC third (2 points) and Vietnamese hosts Hoang Gia Lai bottom (1 point).