Ulsan coach optimistic ahead of JDT showdown

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Ulsan Hyundai will adopt a cautious approach as Hong Myung Bo's side take on Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) in tomorrow's crucial Group I match of the Asian Champions League (ACL) at Sultan Ibrahim Stadium here.

Ulsan are second in the standings with six points, and a win will strengthen their chances of advancing to the next stage.

In the first round on Oct 24, Ulsan defeated JDT, who are third with three points, 3-1 at home.

Captain Jung Seung Hyun, Darijan Bojanic and Gustav Ludwigson are expected to play tomorrow after they were rested during their 2-0 win over Daegu in a K-League 1 match on Oct 29.

"I rested the three players based on our tactics against Daegu. It had nothing to do with tomorrow's match.

"We are well-prepared for the battle and aim not to drop any points against JDT, who play a high-intensity game," said Myung Bo in the pre-match conference here today.

The 54-year-old coach is confident that Ulsan will not be affected by the home fans and will focus on winning the game.

He also dismissed the notion that different weather conditions in Malaysia compared to Korea should be an excuse for a lack of confidence.

"We can't control the weather, and it's not a concern or pressure for our team," he added.

Meanwhile, Ulsan striker Kim Ji Hyun acknowledged the presence of pressure but highlighted the team's tactical preparedness for the game.

"Some may say we will be under pressure, but we are accustomed to dealing with it. We have respect for JDT, but at the same time, we are determined to secure a win," said Ji Hyun said.

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