‘Asian Tigers’ Ulsan begin Asian conquest with match against Pathum… Head coach Hong Myung-bo “will bring desired results”
“We will do our best to get the result we want.”
Ulsan Hyundai will host BG Pathum United in the first leg of their 2023-24 ACL Group I match at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium on June 19 (KST).
Ulsan and Patum met two years ago in the 2021 edition of the competition. At that time, Ulsan only played away from home, winning both matches 2-0 to show their dominance.카지노
Of course, Patum is no pushover. They have two wins, two draws, and an unbeaten streak this season. With Ulsan’s recent slump, it’s not going to be easy.
Here is the full interview with Ulsan head coach Hong Myung-bo and Cho Hyun-woo.
Q. Preparation for the match.
Coach Hong Myung-bo: We are playing our first game after the ACL. They are a very good team. We played them two years ago, and we have some players left. We are in the middle of the season. We will try to continue the good trend not only in the ACL but also in the upcoming K League.
Cho Hyun-woo_ We’re playing our first ACL game. I’m really looking forward to it. I hope both teams have fun and finish well without any injuries. Many Ulsan fans come to the stadium to support us at every home game, so we will bring both performance and results.
Q. Facing each other for the first time in two years, how do you compare the past and present form of the two teams?
Coach Hong Myung-bo: The match two years ago was away, and there are still some players who played against each other back then. I think we’re a better team now because we have good players. Now it’s home and away. In that sense, we will definitely win the first leg at home.
Q. Do you think the recent league trend will affect the ACL?
Head Coach Hong Myung-bo_ We have been slumping in the league. On the contrary, ACL wants to turn the game into a game that will allow the rest of the league to go upward. We will definitely win tomorrow’s game and the games against Suwon FC and Pohang Steelers so that we can have a good trend.
Q. You’ve played against PATUM in the past, what do you remember about them? I wasn’t there when they won the title in 2020. Personally, I think I’ll be more eager.
Hong Myung-bo: I was proud when Ulsan won the Champions League. I was proud to be a member of Ulsan. It motivates me every game. I played against Khartoum two years ago, but I think they are a good team. I watched the pool match and analyzed them well. For tomorrow’s match, we will do our best to bring the result we want.
Q. As a coach, you must be eager to win the ACL.
Hong Myung-bo_ The first year we were in the top four, and last year we were in the qualifiers. We had a clear goal last year, so we didn’t mind. Of course, the season is coming to an end. ACL is starting anew. It’s different than before. Next, the ACL is an important game because it’s the first game to start the season next year. It’s important to calculate this well and pass the qualifiers that are happening this year. As a coach, it’s good and honorable to go to the ACL. It’s a different type of season, but we’ll do our best to do well.