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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors set treble target by head coach Kim


Seoul: Head coach Kim Sang-sik has set Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC the target of winning the unprecedented treble of the AFC Champions League, K League and Korean FA Cup titles in 2021.

Jeonbuk achieved the domestic double last season, edging Ulsan Hyundai FC to the league and Cup titles but their dreams of a third AFC Champions League triumph ended in the group stage.

Ulsan, meanwhile, went on to lift the AFC Champions League title for the second time in their history.

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“Our goal is to win our fifth straight title in the K League 1, and also capture our second straight FA Cup,” said Kim ahead of the Korea Republic domestic season kicking off on Saturday with Jeonbuk facing FC Seoul.

“We must also aim to win the AFC Champions League.”

Kim, formerly an assistant to José Morais, also wants his team to score a minimum two goals a match, which he reckons is possible with the likes of Russian Stanislav Iljutcenko, Brazilian Gustavo and Korea Republic star Kim Seung-dae in the squad.

“We want to average at least two goals per match, “said Kim. “If Iljutcenko, Kim Seung-dae and Gustavo can combine for 40 goals, we should be able to score two goals per game.”

In the 2021 AFC Champions League, Jeonbuk are in Group H with Japan's Gamba Osaka, Sydney FC of Australia and Singapore's Tampines Rovers FC for company.

Kim's squad will be aiming to add to the AFC Champions League titles won in 2006 and 2016.

Photos: K League

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