Chonburi coach Jadet Meelarp hopes that a change in conditions will bring a change in fortune for his side when the Thai champions host Korean FA Cup holders Chunnam Dragons in a Group G clash at Supachalasai Stadium on Wednesday.
BANGKOK - Chonburi coach Jadet Meelarp hopes that a change in conditions will bring a change in fortune for his side when the Thai champions host Korean FA Cup holders Chunnam Dragons in a Group G clash at Supachalasai Stadium on Wednesday.
The Thais nearly secured a point in wet and chilly conditions in Korea two weeks ago, only to be denied by a last-minute free-kick from Victor Simoes as Chunnam went down 1-0.
With Chonburi trailing group leaders Gamba Osaka by three points and warm weather expected in Bangkok on Wednesday, Jadet wants his players to take the game to the opposition.
"We will be playing to our full attacking potential as we need three points from this match," he explained.
"We lost the last match because it was cold and rainy but the game will be played in hot conditions so we should cause more trouble for them.
"We need three points as we want to qualify for the next stage and if we beat Chunnam then we can turn out attention to our next home match against Gamba Osaka.
"These next two games are very important for our team and we hope that we can create a big shock for Thai football,'' Jadet added.
Defender Natthapong Samana and midfielder Chonlatit Jantakam are suspended after picking up their second yellow cards of the competition two weeks ago but Jadet expects to welcome back defenders Phaisan Pona and Surat Sukha from injury.
Chunnam coach Park Hang-seo admitted that his team were fortunate to beat Chonburi in Korea and expects the hosts to be gunning for revenge on Wednesday.
"Although we beat them 1-0 at home, we had to wait until the last minute to get the winner," said Park.
"We're expecting something similar from Chonburi, who will play an attacking game against us.
"It will not be easy for us because we have several injured players that did not travel.
"However, we are not afraid of the heat in Bangkok as the match will be played in the evening and we also have young players who are fit enough to cope.''
Chunnam's chances of progress to the knockout stage are remote at best but Park is not about to throw in the towel.
"Right now we have only three points and our chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals are very slim," he added.
"We have to win all our remaining matches but we will try our best and if we beat Chonburi, then we will still have a chance.
"Chonburi are a strong team with good strikers so we will play on the counter attack and I think the match will be very exciting.''
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