Strength in depth key for Beijing FC's Genesio ahead of AFC Champions League tie against Melbourne Victory
Doha: Beijing FC head coach Bruno Genesio is keen for all members of his squad to contribute to a successful 2020 AFC Champions League campaign ahead of their clash against Melbourne Victory in Group E on Tuesday.
The Chinese Super League side have a 100% record so far, winning two from two and a third win in a row could put them at arm’s length from their chasers at the halfway point of the group stage.
Perth Glory’s youngsters ready to embrace ‘fantastic’ AFC Champions League challenge, says Ola
Doha: Perth Glory may be staring down the barrel of 2020 AFC Champions League elimination, but their players remain in a buoyant mood ahead of Tuesday’s clash against Korea Republic’s Ulsan Hyundai, according to head coach Cristian Ola.
Without a point from their opening two matches, and still without the services of a number of senior players, Perth could be forgiven for feeling pessimistic about their four remaining Group F fixtures, but Ola, who is part of the technical staff led by former Socceroo Richard Garcia, believes the opposite is true.
FC Tokyo’s Hasegawa wary of Shanghai Shenhua’s local talent ahead of AFC Champions League clash
FC Tokyo head coach Kenta Hasegawa has brushed off suggestions his side are favourites against an undermanned Shanghai Shenhua FC, saying the Chinese club’s local players will mount a genuine challenge in Tuesday’s 2020 AFC Champions League clash.
With star imports Giovanni Moreno and Kim Shin-wook unlikely to feature, Shenhua will require strong performances from their domestic players in the crucial Group F Matchday Three tie, but Hasegawa refuses to take Choi Kang-hee’s injury-hit squad lightly.
Fitness to dictate FC Seoul's lineup for AFC Champions League encounter with Chiangrai United
Doha: Head coach Lee Won-jun is set to pick only those who are in top physical condition for his FC Seoul starting XI against Thailand’s Chiangrai United in their third game of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
The 2013 runners-up got their campaign off to a winning start back in February, defeating Melbourne Victory 1-0, but another Park Chu-young goal was not enough on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Beijing FC to drop to second in Group E.
2020 AFC Champions League (East): The Week In Numbers
Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League (East) returned in Qatar on Wednesday with six games being played from Groups E to H as the East Asia section of the tournament got back underway following an eight-month hiatus.
As the competition takes a day's break before the games come thick and fast from Tuesday onwards, the-AFC.com looks back at the statistics that caught the eye over the opening rounds of fixtures in Doha.
Doha: After a prolonged absence, the East Asia sides returned to 2020 AFC Champions League action in exciting fashion with teams playing back-to-back fixtures and providing numerous talking points.
Redemption, unfortunate mistakes, unlikely replacements and two-goal heroes, here's what those involved had to say about the opening weekend of fixtures as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) resumed in Doha.