The stage for the final battle is right around the corner. Incheon will play the 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) playoff (PO) against Haiphong FC (Vietnam) in the Incheon soccer-only game on the 22nd.

This is the first Asian stage since its founding. Incheon ranked 4th in the K-League 1 last year, and won the ACL PO ticket for the 202-2024 season as Jeonbuk Hyundai, the FA Cup winner, took second place in the league. Hai Phong, the opposing team, 온라인카지노 beat the Hong Kong Rangers 4-1 in the ACL qualifier on the 15th and won the PO ticket. Incheon coach Cho Seong-hwan went on a business trip to watch the game in person in preparation for the PO.

Incheon coach Seong-hwan Cho, who held an official press conference the day before the game (21st), said, “It is an honor to be the first coach of Incheon to join the ACL on the 20th anniversary of the founding. He feels unlimited responsibility. I made a good game so that I could pass the group stage,” he promised.

The atmosphere is good. Incheon is ranked 6th in the K League 1 this season. The atmosphere has risen to the fullest with the last 5 league matches (3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss). With the addition of Mugosa, who was recruited in the summer transfer market last month, a ‘booster’ was put on. They are having fun with winger Zerso and striker Mugosa as two top players.

However, carelessness in Incheon is prohibited. There is no case in which a K-League team has been eliminated from ACL POs in history. There are players who have worn the Taegeuk mark, but most of the young players in the team have no experience on the international stage. Adapting quickly to the atmosphere is key.

“It’s not away, it’s home. It’s my first experience, but I think I’ll be able to show a good enough performance if I make use of such a home advantage. As a player in the best condition, he will give 100% of his power. There is a league match against Suwon FC two days later, but tomorrow is also important. We are well aware of the importance of the game,” he said.

Regarding Haiphong, “The level of Southeast Asian football itself has risen, so we cannot relax. Individual skills are good. Among them, there is a proportion of foreign players. I think I need to prepare well,” he said.

Captain Oh Ban-seok said, “I will play a good game based on my experience. The atmosphere in the league is good, and I will continue to do well and repay you with a victory.” As it is an international competition, I wonder if the attitude to attend is different. We are trying to share the importance of ACL.”

He said, “We approached Southeast Asian football as a whole rather than the specificity of Haiphong. This is a tough team. I know it’s not easy, so I have to be vigilant and do my best.”


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