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Football: Coach Choi tells FC Seoul players to “shoot more” in Sydney

Western Sydney Wanderers will entertain FC Seoul in the second leg of their AFC Champions League semi-final at Parramatta Stadium on Wednesday. Photo: WSG.

After a goalless draw in the first leg of their AFC Champions League semi-final, Western Sydney Wanderers (white) will entertain FC Seoul in the second leg at Parramatta Stadium on Wednesday. Photo: WSG.

September 30, 2014: Coach Choi Yong-soo remains confident FC Seoul can advance to a second straight AFC Champions League final by ending their continental goalscoring drought in Wednesday’s semi-final second leg against Western Sydney Wanderers.

 

Following a goalless draw at home a fortnight ago, FC Seoul have gone three matches without scoring in the AFC Champions League, after also drawing both legs of their quarter-final with Pohang Steelers before advancing on penalties.

 

In a boost to their hopes of a sixth consecutive continental final featuring a team from Korea, FC Seoul will welcome back Osmar Barba for the second leg at Parramatta Stadium after the Spaniard missed the first leg due to suspension.

 

“The only thing I want to tell the players is to shoot more. Our squad has very good players and we can always score when we play away from home, as we’re better mentally when we’re away. We can get the result we want in Sydney,” Choi said.

 

“Our opponents will be at home, so they’ll think they have an advantage, but it will be the same for us. In football you need to score a goal to advance to the next round, but the most important thing is to not allow a goal. If we wait and are patient, I know our players can score.”

 

Western Sydney, the A-League Grand Final runners-up, will welcome back forwards Tomi Juric and Brendon Santalab as well as utility player Shannon Cole after the trio missed the first leg draw due to suspension.

 

Tony Popovic’s side are further boosted by an impressive home record in the AFC Champions League, having won their last four continental outings at Parramatta Stadium, which includes a quarter-final success over 2013 champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

 

“In the first leg we didn’t have enough players to put on the bench – we were one player short – and we had to put a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old on the field in an AFC Champions League semi-final,” Popovic said.

 

“We’re always aggressive at home and we have a fantastic record there. Our goal will be to win the game and we’ll go in with lots of confidence. We’ve shown in the AFC Champions League that our home record is very good and we believe we can take the next step and make the final.”

 

UAE’s Al Ain will host Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in Tuesday’s West semi-final, with the visitors holding a 3-0 advantage from the first leg.

 

For more information, visit: www.the-afc.com/en/tournaments/clubs/afc-champions-league

 

Source: WSG (www.wsgworld.com); Editing by SportAsia

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