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How to watch United City FC in AFC Champions League?

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United City FC will begin their AFC Champions League campaign against Jeonnam Dragons of South Korea at the Pathum Thani Stadium, in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.


This is United City’s second-ever participation in AFC Champions League after last season when they failed to progress from the group stage (P6 W1 D1 L4). They conceded 24 goals last season, only Tampines Rovers (27) did ship in more. United City have faced a South Korean side twice in the AFC Champions League. They were in the same group as Daegu FC last season and lost both games conceding 11 goals without reply.


Mark Hartmann is the only current United City player who scored in AFC Champions League. He scored a brace against Beijing Sinobo Guoan last July.


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United are unbeaten in their last four matches which makes coach Jason Withe confident before taking on the Dragons. At the same time, he is aware that they are placed in a strong group with BG Pathum United of Thailand, and Melbourne City FC of Australia, apart from their Korean opponents.


“It’s a little bit better preparation than we had last time. We look at the squad we had last year, and it was a stronger squad than we’ve got this year, but of course, we were in a stronger group last year - I’m not saying this year is any easier because there are some good teams in there. You can only try and replace whatever you lose. You try to fill those gaps," he stated.


Meanwhile, Jeonnam have been unbeaten against a South-East Asian side in AFC Champions League (P6 W4 D2), keeping a clean sheet in four games. They are the first-ever South Korean side to participate in the competition from the second division of the domestic league.


“I believe we, Jeonnam Dragons, are a very good team, and we can go to the first division (of Korean football). We are honoured to participate on behalf of the K League, and we want to show our level of play in the AFC Champions League," stated coach Jeon Kyung-jun.


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The Filipino side are at this stage of the continent’s premier competition for the second time having made their debut last season in a Tashkent-based group which saw them suffer heavy defeats against Kawasaki Frontale and Daegu FC, but also claim a maiden win on the way to a third-place finish.

Many of the same faces, including Withe, are back on deck in Thailand for this year’s competition, but two of their biggest names from recent years are not among them, with ex-captain Stephan Schröck and prolific striker Bienvenido Marañón both departing the club since last year’s tournament.

Like last year, United City are coming into the competition without the benefit of having played regular league matches, but despite the many challenges confronting them, Withe is hopeful his side can build on the lessons learned in Uzbekistan last summer.

“It’s a little bit better preparation than we had last time,” said the 50-year-old, who is no stranger to Thai football having coached several clubs in the nation.

“I think (last year) we had 10 days of preparation in Dubai and then were in Uzbekistan, so it has been better. Obviously, our league season hasn’t started yet but the players are responding quite well. We are just trying to get acclimated as the heat and humidity is a bit different from the Philippines, but the players are adapting well.

“We look at the squad we had last year, and it was a stronger squad than we’ve got this year, but of course we were in a stronger group last year - I’m not saying this year is any easier, because there are some good teams in there. You can only try and replace whatever you lose. You try to fill those gaps.

“It is going to be difficult for us again. You look at the other teams and their season has continued, and we’ve just played the Copa (Paulino Alcantara) games, so it’s going to be difficult for us, really, with fitness levels. There are some players who’ve not played since last year.”

A tally of 24 goals conceded in six matches illustrates the gap that existed between United City and the top sides in their AFC Champions League group last season, but their other tally of four competition points, including a 3-2 win over a youthful Beijing FC side, meant the squad had something to show for their efforts in Central Asia.

That victory at Tashkent’s Lokomotiv Stadium remains a source of inspiration for those within the travelling party, Withe said, and it’s a feeling his players want to experience again in Pathum Thani in the coming weeks.

“We didn’t finish bottom last year. We got a win, and we got a draw,” recalled Withe. “Okay, we didn’t play the full Beijing team, they had a younger team, but it was a great experience.

“Our boys are still talking about that win against Beijing. It didn't start too well - After 10 minutes we were 2-0 down. I think we had seven (positive) COVID tests before the game, which wasn’t ideal, but the boys are still talking about that win and it's hopefully something we can repeat in the next few games here.”


Trying to prevent United City from adding to their list of AFC Champions League wins are Korean FA Cup winners Jeonnam Dragons, who hold the rare distinction of competing in the continent’s top competition while playing second-tier football in their domestic league system.

The Tokyo Verdy side of 2006 are the only team to have previously played in the group stage while outside their nation’s top division, but Jeonnam head coach Jeon Kyung-jun declared himself confident that his side can impress on the continental stage.


“It is an honour to participate in the AFC Champions League and we are very excited,” declared Jeon.

“I believe we, Jeonnam Dragons, are a very good team, and we can go to the first division (of Korean football). We are honoured to participate on behalf of the K League, and we want to show our level of play in the AFC Champions League.

“The schedule is very tight, but we are prepared to get good results and we want to win.”


Jeonnam qualified for the tournament by beating Daegu on away goals after last season’s Korean FA Cup Final finished 4-4 over two legs, but goals, home or away, have been harder to come by in recent matches.

The Gwangyang-based side are winless in their last four K League 2 matches, with their last two goals coming from the penalty spot, meaning they have not scored in open play since their 2-0 win over Busan IPark on March 19.

Four-time FA Cup winners in Korea Republic, Jeonnam do have history at the top level of Asian football, appearing in the group stage in both 2007 and 2008.


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