Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: The return of the 2021 AFC Champions League is just a month away, but before this season's Continental campaign resumes, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from this year's Group Stage.
Last week we presented the candidates for the 2021 Group Stage's best goalkeeper, and now we shine the spotlight on the players who will make up the backline.
So, here are the 12 players in contention for the four places in defence. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite defenders for this all-star XI in the respective polls.
Malaysia’s Tan planning to expose new players ahead of AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Tan Cheng Hoe is looking to expose new players as Malaysia kick off their preparations for the AFF Cup scheduled in December and next year's final round of AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers.
Tan will call up several fresh faces for centralised training during the FIFA international window on Oct 4-12, with international friendly matches also planned.
Male: The 2021 AFC Cup returns after nearly two month's absence following the conclusion of the East Zone, with ATK Mohun Bagan, Bashundhara Kings, Maziya Sports & Recreation and Bengaluru FC set to battle for a place in the knockout stage when Group D begins on Wednesday.
The Maldivian capital Male will stage the group, which sees teams from the hosts, India and Bangladesh face off, with the South Zone winners progressing to the Inter-Zone semi-final and meeting with either FC Nasaf of Uzbekistan or FC Ahal of Turkmenistan from the Central Zone.
As kick-off approaches, join the-AFC.com as we run the rule over the participating sides.
Bengaluru relishing AFC Cup showdown with ATK Mohun Bagan
Male: Head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli is confident JSW Bengaluru FC will be ready to take on Indian Super League rivals ATK Mohun Bagan in Group D of the 2021 AFC Cup at the National Football Stadium in Male on Wednesday.
Pezzaiuoli’s Bengaluru defeated Maldives' Club Eagles 1-0 in the South Zone playoff on Sunday to book their place in Group D alongside ATK Mohun Bagan, Bashundhara Kings of Bangladesh and Maldives’ Maziya Sports & Recreation.