Bangkok: Johor Darul Ta’zim will aim to test Nagoya Grampus’ strong defense when they meet in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Sunday.
The Nagoya Japanese have grown stronger and stronger since their 1-0 win over Malaysians Johor Darul Ta’zim on Matchday 1 to go on a four-game winning streak, scoring 11 goals and conceding none for. occupy the head of the group three points ahead. Pohang Steelers of the Republic of Korea.
“We’re going to play the same way we’ve played in the last four games,” Nagoya Grampus head coach Massimo Ficcadenti said. “The end of the game is to finish at the top of the group but first we will check the status of the players and make the necessary changes if necessary.
“This is our fifth game in the competition and we have to stay focused, especially against a team like Johor Darul Ta’zim who we beat 1-0 on matchday one.”
Nagoya is well positioned to finish at the top of the group and automatically advance to the knockout stage, but Ficcadenti has insisted his players have to be on their toes against what he expects them to be. tough opponents on Sunday.
“Even though we beat them last time, it’s not enough for us to judge their performance tomorrow. We will study the team records and from there, make the adjustments.
“But we are expecting a tough game against Johor Darul Ta’zim and my players need to stay focused. If we win against the Malaysian team then I think we can finish at the top of the group.
Johor Darul Ta’zim only managed to secure one victory – against Thailand’s Ratchaburi to take third in the standings.
Although he has no chance of qualifying for the round of 16, head coach Benjamin Mora has vowed his team will do their best against the much-coveted Japanese.
“It’s been tiring and exhausting for the players because it’s not easy to be in a strict bubble as long as it’s not easy on the mind,” said Mora. “The players have to adapt to the situation and so far they have done well and are happy to be here.
“I know the results haven’t been the best for Johor Darul Ta’zim. However, we will continue to fight until the end to get results. We are here because we are the champions of our national championship, but we will face a tough team from Nagoya. “
“Of course I want to win, no coach is going to want to win a game. We can win if we do it right and with a little luck. I have to expect victory and it’s not just for me but also for the players, who have worked very hard.
“We expect Nagoya to be strong from the start because we know they want to finish at the top of the group. We know our style, we know how to attack and of course, we don’t lack fighting spirit. “
Nagoya Grampus (JPN) vs. JDT (MAS)
Location: Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Kick-off: 9:00 p.m. (UTC + 7)
Who will win?
Nagoya Grampus (JPN)
Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS)
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