JOHOR BAHARU – Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) match against Indian side Bengaluru FC in the qualifying round of the Asian Champions League (ACL) at the Tan Sri Hassan Yunos Stadium in Larkin here tonight can be expected to be cracker, said JDT coach Bojan Hodak.
He said this would not stop the Southern Tigers from taking the fight to the opponents, more so with the players on a high after winning the Charity Shield match against Pahang at the same venue on Saturday.
“Fan can expect a cracker of a match,” he told the pre-match press conference here today.
He added that playing on home ground was a further advantage to JDT.
JDT were the Super League champions last season while Bengaluru FC emerged as the winners of the 2013/2014 Indian League in their first outing and also won India’s Federation Cup last month.
Bengaluru FC coach, Ashley Westwood said he believed his team had the edge even though they would be playing against “12 men” (the 11 players and the home crowd).
“I admit JDT have great import players and a terrific coach. But we are are also charged up what with becoming the first Indian team to qualify for the ACL, ” he said.
Meanwhile, JDT captain Safiq Rahim said the Southern Tigers are not under pressure against Bengaluru FC.
“We have home ground advantage and this is an opportunity for JDT to move further in the competition.
“We really feel at ease but at the same time we want a good result to bring honours to JDT and the country at the international level,” he said,
The winner of the match will meet Bangkok Glass of Thailand in the next round.