The Sydney FC will take on the Urawa Red in their Asian Champions League campaign at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday, April 20, starting 8 pm local time.
Hailed as being one of the “titanic” clashes in the league, both teams are within “touching distance” of the knockout stages. According to the A-League sources, Sydney tops the group charts with nine points and are just one point behind to make it to the knock-out stages. Urawa too can book their place with a win who stand second in the standings.
Urawa Red are in excellent form this season as Urawa’s trio of Shinzo Koroki, Tadanari Lee and Yuki Moto are making headlines. “Barcelona may have MSN but Urawa Reds have KLM,” said Sports Hochi.
Muto also recalled having beaten Asian champions defeated Vegalta Sendai in 2007.
“It was the first time for all three of us to score in the same game,” said Muto.
“We are enjoying playing together at the moment and the team is playing well. We hope we can continue to do so against Sydney.”
As per the Daily Telegraph reports, Graham Arnold’s men should finish on top to “avoid a clash with heavyweights FC Seoul in the round of 16.”
Sources also note that a loss might leave the Urawa Red vulnerable in the elimination round as beating Sydney FC in Sydney would be a tough task.
“Winning the match will set a good condition for our team for our next match in Sydney,” added Muto.
“As for the AFC Champions League, we need to get some points from the match against Sydney.
“If we can do so, we will be able to come close to one of the goals we set before the start of the season this year that is to go through the Champions League group stage.”
Sydney FC vs Urawa Red, Asian Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Time: 8 pm local time
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Live Stream: A-League Live