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.
Playoff: Bengaluru FC edge Club Eagles to confirm AFC Cup Group Stage spot
Male: Bengaluru FC of India defeated Club Eagles of Maldives 1-0 in their playoff to seal a place in the 2021 AFC Cup Group Stage at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives on Sunday.
Bengaluru advance to Group D of the 2021 AFC Cup, with their first match against fellow Indian side ATK Mohun Bagan on Wednesday. Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings will play Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives in the other Matchday One tie.
The South Zonal champions will advance to the Inter-Zone semi-final against FC Nasaf of Uzbekistan or FC Ahal of Turkmenistan from the Central Zone.
Williams confident of ATK Mohun Bagan's AFC Cup chances
Kolkata: ATK Mohun Bagan striker David Williams is confident the Indian Super League club will go far in the 2021 AFC Cup ahead of their Group D challenge kicking off on Wednesday.
ATK Mohun Bagan arrived in the Maldives on Saturday, with the South Zone matches to be played in Male, after two weeks of intensive preparations and Williams said they are looking forward to the campaign.
Williams, who recently extended his contract for a third season, will be expected to lead from the front but the Australian said he was unfazed by the expectations.
Bashundhara Kings' Bruzon braced for tough AFC Cup campaign
Dhaka: Bashundhara Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon is expecting the South Zone of the 2021 AFC Cup to be a tight affair with the Bangladesh champions to kick off their campaign against Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives on Wednesday.
Bashundhara Kings easily retained the Bangladesh Premier League title last week but Bruzon, while determined to see his side thrive in the AFC Cup, is not expecting any easy matches in Male.