Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Give It Up For The Homies

AFC Champions League Qualifying

Hanoi T&T v Persib 4-0 2,500
Guangzhou R&F v Warriors 3-0 7,883
Chonburi v Kitchee 4-1 (Leandro 3, Nurul Sriyankem) 3,432
Bangkok Glass v Johor DT 3-0 (Lazarus 2, Narong) 5,299

We are not really surprised, are we? Perhaps the final score but never the victor. Persib travelled to Vietnam and most of the media stories surrounded the weather; no one it seemed had done their research on their hosts.

In fact, Persib, despite winning the ISL last season under Djajang Nurjaman, were forced to find a different coach because the AFC insisted only A licensed coaches could lead teams in their competition. The Indonesian champions turned to Emral Abus. Nope, never heard of him either but he was fully qualified so everyone, well the AFC, was happy.

The VLeague has been in progress for a few weeks now so the hosts were obviously going to be much fitter and better prepared than Persib who were coming off the back of a number of friendlies against regional powerhouses PS Padang and Felda United.

Mind you, the Thai Premier League has yet to begin either yet both Bangkok Glass and Chonburi were able to record comfortable home wins against Hong Kong and Malaysian opposition.

How important is playing at home in these types of games?

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