Under pressure Sydney spells danger for Jeonbuk

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After their away thumping to Yokohama F. Marinos in their last AFC Champions League outing, Sydney FC are already in do-or-die circumstances and this could spell danger for Jeonbuk Motors on Wednesday.

The defending A-League champions will be looking to bounce back following losses in their last domestic and international competition appearances.

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Despite a loss against Western Sydney Wanderers on the weekend, coach Steve Corica said the team already had their minds on Jeonbuk.

“I think we were disappointed in the (derby) loss but not disappointed in our performance,” he said.

“We dominated the game but we just didn’t score.

“It’s a short turnaround so really that game is forgotten about pretty much straight away.”

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Corica said there would be no hangover from their last AFC match against Yokohama, citing differences in their preparation for this game.

“I think the circumstances (were different) when we played Yokohama,” he said.

“We hadn’t played for three weeks that probably cost us a lot of our fluency.

“I think we’re better prepared and have played a couple of matches since then.”

The Sky Blues will be looking for their first home win in the AFC in about four years when they take on the Korean champions at Kogorah.

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“Last year I thought we played excellent in most of the games at home,” he said.

“This year we want to take it one stage further in getting the win.”

Corica is under no illusions of the talent which Jeonbuk possess.

“They’re the Korean champions,” he said.

“A very experienced team with a lot of players in their national team.”

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When asked who the danger men of the opposition would be, he singled out Jeonbuk’s foreign players.

“Obviously the foreign Brazillian (Murilo Henrique) boy, the South African (Lars Veldwijk) and the Japanese (Takahiro Kunimoto) boy all are good quality,” he said.

Sydney will be boosted by the return of midfielder Paulo Retre to the squad after missing the derby on Saturday through suspension.

He will likely return to the starting lineup to combat transitional attacks, something they lacked against the Wanderers.

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.