- Ulsan Hyundai competing in FIFA Club World Cup for the second time
- The AFC Champions League winners face Tigres UANL on 4 February
- Several Ulsan gamers preview an attractive second spherical fixture
This week will see the ‘Battle of the Tigers’ happen. Separated by virtually 11,500 kilometres on reverse sides of the Pacific Ocean, Ulsan Hyundai Tigers of the Ok-League and Tigres UANL of Liga MX will get the uncommon alternative to see which tiger is superior when the perimeters face off within the second spherical of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™.
Ulsan’s gamers are relishing the chance recent off successful the AFC Champions League on the finish of 2020. The Korea Republic aspect will probably be in acquainted environment because the Asian membership championship was postponed due to COVID-19 and restarted with a centralised match held in Qatar.
The Tigers’ sensational journey culminated with a 2-1 victory over Persepolis within the ultimate with Yoon Bitgaram named the match’s most respected participant.
“I just tried to enjoy the games rather than feeling burdened with pressure to perform,” Yoon stated. “It wasn’t simply me – the remaining of the squad additionally loved enjoying collectively, which I feel gave us constructive vitality and enabled us to carry out in addition to we did.
“The most memorable goal would be the one against FC Tokyo (during the group phase), when I scored direct from a free-kick. It was an important equaliser in a haniljeon derby (one involving teams from Korea Republic and Japan), which is why this game stands out for me the most.”
Not solely can coach Hong Myungbo depend on Yoon to be the fulcrum of a lethal assault, he additionally has a sturdy defence laying the inspiration of what bought them to Qatar 2020 within the first place. Ulsan allowed solely seven targets in ten matches all through their AFC Champions League marketing campaign.
Centre-back Kim Keehee and defensive midfielder Won Dujae will probably be key in stifling the goalscoring risk posed by Tigres’ all-time main goalscorer Andre-Pierre Gignac.
“Flying the flag for the K-League as well as representing Ulsan Hyundai in an exclusive tournament that only a small number of teams from around the world get to play in [excites me most],” Kim stated. “For us that’s really exciting, and we’re having fun preparing for our upcoming match.”
Just like Kim, the distinctiveness of the Club World Cup isn’t misplaced on Won. “This isn’t a contest that simply anybody can enter. Whether you’re from Asia or Europe, solely the perfect groups from every area take part. It’s an awesome honour and we have now to be on the high of our recreation.
“I think all the players have the same goal: which is to go all the way. But we want to win our upcoming game first and only then think about our overall objective.”
If Tigres discover a well past them, Won and Kim know they’ve a goalkeeper in Jo Hyeonwoo who has expertise being profitable on the worldwide stage. Jo was in purpose for Korea Republic after they shocked Germany on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
“We have to come out stronger than our opponents,” Jo stated. “Our 11 players gel well as a team and will produce exciting displays on the pitch. We need to live up to our ‘Tigers of Asia’ nickname and prove that we’re not an easy team to play against.”
If the ‘Tigers of Asia’ can beat the ‘Tigers of Concacaf’, they are going to be met by a Porco (Pig) within the semi-ultimate, the nickname of Copa Libertadores winners Palmeiras.