An immediate chance for JDT to avenge their big loss to the same opponent just three days before and get their march of ACL back on track
The first early night clash for Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in the AFC Champions League (ACL) group stage, and it’s an opportunity to rekindle their hopes of reaching the second stage of the most elite club competition in Asia , as they take on Pohang for the second time in Group G.
It was just not the JDT that everyone expected to show up after a dominant performance against Ratchaburi, even if it was against a team that was stronger than the Thai team. A combination of fatigue, heavy pitch, silly mistakes and refereeing decisions has given the Southern Tigers hope for their second victory in the group.
Changes are expected as Benjamin Mora continues the demand to play every three days with his players already looking tired for the final stages of the last two games. But the Malaysian champions do have a large group and today some players may get the opportunity to play themselves in the first choice.
|18:00||Thursday 1 July 2021||Rajamangala Stadium|
TV channel and live streaming
|Channel / Station|
|Astro CH816 (Fox Sports)|
|Astro Go (stream)|
JDT will be without the services of Mauricio and Azrif Nasrulhaq who were both suspended after collecting two yellow cards, and this is where Mora’s biggest concern is. A throw between Adam Nor Azlin and Aidil Zafuan for midfield, while S. Kunanlan or Matthew Davies could be asked to fill the left wing if La’Vere Corbin-Ong is not fit enough to take part.
Further down the field, there may also be concerns that JDT’s midfield looks less functional than usual in the previous challenge against Pohang. Afiq Fazail was a pale shadow of his former self and struggled to impose himself in the game, which could provide an opportunity for Syamer Kutty Abba or even Danial Amier to prop up their stuff against the Koreans.
What the coaches said
“Tomorrow (Thursday) we have another chance to make amends for the mistakes we made and to improve the things we did right. We know how they (Pohang) play because we played against them on Monday and we know how they are going to do it We are completely prepared for the next game because we want to win some points, we want to win games and try our best.
“There is no other exception, because we are going to do everything we have and avenge our defeat. It was three very difficult games with a lot of physical and mental demands, but it is a normal thing if you play a lot of games at a high level. play in a short time.We did the recovery sessions with the players as well as possible, and physically we almost all got ready to play.
“The 4-1 defeat against Pohang was not very fair to us. It is very rare for a team to get three penalties in a match, but we are committed not to make these mistakes again if we face them tomorrow. We will have to be good and probably also in our finishing and I think it will be another good game. ”
‘Instead of focusing on Johor Darul Ta’zim’s football, we need to maximize our strengths. Our focus is Pohang’s football and tactics there will be adjustments and defense because we do not yet know how Johor Darul Ta’zim will play in the next game. On game day we have to react, like how our opponents play on the attack and how they are defended.
“I can not really reveal who will play tomorrow for tactical reasons, but of course the young players will have a chance to play in this tournament. Our team is not in their best physical condition as some of the players are injured while others are not in the squad. But compared to the local league, they will get a lot of playing time.
“Of course we have to get results from this tournament, but at the same time younger players at this level can experience football, and that will be good for their development, and that will help the team.”
Group results so far
|22 June 2021||JDT 0-1 Nagoya|
|22 June 2021||Pohang 2-0 Ratchaburi|
|25 June 2021||Nagoya 3-0 Pohang|
|25 June 2021||Ratchaburi 0-1 JDT|
|28 June 2021||Ratchaburi 0-4 Nagoya|
|28 June 2021||Pohang 4-1 JDT|
|3||Johor Darul Ta’zim||3||1||0||2||2||5||-3||3|
The defeat in the third match of the group put JDT in a precarious position again and really needed all three points in this return to put a little spark back in their push for a place in the knockout phase, because it will they set up nicely before a meeting against the group leaders Nagoya in the next match. .
Previous meetings against Korean teams
|March 12, 2019||JDT 1-1 Gyeongnam||Group stage|
|22 May 2019||Gyeongnam 2-0 JDT||Group stage|
|28 June 2021||Pohang 4-1 JDT||Group stage|
Three penalty goals dominated the last game against Pohang, as JDT would no doubt feel let down by their own players’ performances as well as the match officials. All the more disappointing for them, as they are the ones who took the lead earlier. A defeat that dropped them to a spot in Group G.