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Power, pace, fluidity and, of course, quality. Over both legs, they made very good use of combinations to create opportunities. Yasser Al-Shahrani linked up with Al-Dawsari on the left, Al-Faraj floated around and linked up with the likes of Al Burayk and Giovinco moving into wider areas at times. Giovinco has license to roam when Al Hilal are in possession and that helps with their combination play. It also makes it difficult for the opposition to track his runs into the box and he had a few chances in the first leg to get his name on the scoresheet. He should have put away at least one of his opportunities. Thankfully, it didn’t come back to haunt them and he had a much better outing in the second leg and picked up an assist.

He caught up with co-host Scott McIntyre on the streets of Saitama for a special LIVE recording to preview all the action of what promises to be a thrilling week of action. PLUS, Scott caught up with Urawa Reds’ Danish duo Kasper Junker and Alexander Scholz to look ahead to their Round of 16 clash with JDT and speak about their own experiences in Japan. You can listen or download below, or follow the links to your favourite podcast app: Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts Photo: twitter/KasperJunker Saitama the stage for more ACL heroics – but from who? https://www. net/saitama-the-stage-for-more-acl-heroics-but-from-who/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=saitama-the-stage-for-more-acl-heroics-but-from-who Wed, 17 Aug 2022 01:48:31 +0000 https://www.

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They were the better side in both legs of the final and generally had very good control over Urawa. Their levels of concentration and work rate were very high in both legs and they were very effective with their pressing in the first leg. They held back a little bit more with their pressing in the second leg but it was a game plan that worked perfectly in the end as Urawa were never really able to create many high quality opportunities to threaten them. Their overall quality on the ball was high. Al-Faraj was a master of controlling the tempo and linking the play in midfield.

In fact, Al-Shalhoub actually got Al Hilal off to a fantastic start with the winning goal away to Al Ain on Matchday One. Razvan Lucescu and his staff deserve a lot of credit for their work to get this Al Hilal side playing the way they are at the moment. The intensity levels are outstanding and the quality they possess is incredible. Al Hilal are deserving winners of the AFC Champions League in 2019. Main Photo: Facebook/Al HilalOther Photos: Facebook/AFC Champions League Listen to Episode 46 of The Asian Game podcast LIVE from Saitama Stadium for the second leg of the AFC Champions League final. The Asian Game – Episode 46 Take II: Red vs Blue in epic ACL finale https://www. net/take-ii-red-vs-blue-in-epic-acl-showdown/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=take-ii-red-vs-blue-in-epic-acl-showdown Thu, 07 Nov 2019 23:30:17 +0000 https://www.

He was also involved in their attacking play in advanced positions with Abdullah Otayf holding the fort in midfield in those situations. Salem Al-Dawsari and Carillo were excellent with and without-the-ball in both legs. We know of their attacking quality but their willingness to press higher up and also track back into deeper positions was very impressive. It was also great to see Mohamed Kanno and club legend, Mohammad Al-Shalhoub, getting some game time in the second leg. Both of them have made important contributions to Al Hilal’s ACL campaign.

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It’s that which should make the AFC Champions League so unique, the blending and matching of differing styles and philosophies. It should be about uniting an already disparate continent, not dividing it even further. But with the current format keeping East and West separate until the final, we all lose out. Gulf football is vastly different in style to that in Japan, as Al Hilal found out all too well in 2017, when they came up against a side more systematic and structured than they’re used to facing in either the Saudi Pro League or the western half of the AFC Champions League. Perhaps if they were exposed to that style of play more in the knockout rounds of the competition, they’d be in a better place coming into the final, but once again it remains the biggest stumbling block between them and ultimate success. It’s been the case in almost every final since 2014.

It’s perhaps no surprise that the last truly great AFC Champions League final came in 2013 when Guangzhou Evergrande and FC Seoul went toe-to-toe across two breathtaking legs that saw Guangzhou win their maiden continental title. It was also the last year of an open draw before the AFC changed the format of the competition to ensure East and West only met in the final, and on every occasion since East has come out on top. That split has seen less diversity in style, to the detriment of the entire competition, especially given the vastly differing styles from one side of the continent to the other.

Al Hilal are no doubt one of the strongest teams in Asia, but their style contrasts heavily with that of Urawa Reds. They rely a lot on individual quality to win the day, and to be fair it’s a squad that does contains a lot of individual quality with the likes of Bafétimbi Gomis, Sebastian Giovinco, André Carrillo, and Salem Al-Dawsari. Salem Al-Dawsari celebrates after scoring in the semi-final against Al Sadd While they do have a system in place, they are at their best when they play more ‘freestyle’ and throw caution to the wind, which does, however, leave them exposed. Urawa, on the other hand, don’t rely on the individual. That’s not to say they don’t have quality individuals, they do, but they are more than just the sum of their parts. Their system and structure is what stands them in such good stead, even against more fancied opposition, as was the case in the semi final against Guangzhou Evergrande.

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Same thing with Iwanami and Hashioka down the right hand side. Makino and Iwanami become left and right backs in that situation as Urawa switch into a back four in those situations. They become very important in the build up and see a lot of the ball. According to the AFC, both Iwanami and Makino finished the campaign as Urawa’s second and third highest passers of the ball. As the second leg wore on, Urawa had to take more risks with their positioning and their profiles of players on the pitch.

net/? p=738 It’s often said the sequel is never as good as the original, but this year’s AFC Champions League final will hopefully buck that trend. The original, in 2017, saw two of Asia’s biggest and best [... ] The post Take II: Red vs Blue in epic ACL finale appeared first on The Asian Game. ]]> It’s often said the sequel is never as good as the original, but this year’s AFC Champions League final will hopefully buck that trend. The original, in 2017, saw two of Asia’s biggest and best supported clubs – Japan’s Urawa Reds and Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal – square off in what should have been an AFC Champions League final for the age. Instead, if we’re honest, it fell a little flat.

But as the home side, this is Urawa’s game to lose. While there will be disappointment they haven’t made a better fist of challenging for the title this season, their inability to turn draws into wins has been their undoing, with a rather remarkable run of seven consecutive draws through April and May. They’ve lost only six games this season, which is as many as second placed Kashima (as well as Kawasaki Frontale), and fewer than Kashiwa Reysol (9) who sit third. Thanks to their recent run of good form, Urawa have shot up to seventh, displaying some of the form that saw many tip them for the title this season. Consistency has been their achilles heel, something that can’t be said of JDT. While the competitiveness of their respective leagues differs vastly, the Malaysian powerhouse are on a run of 44 games unbeaten away from home in the Malaysian Super League, dating back to March 2018. But on the road in the Champions League is a different kettle of fish, and away against Urawa Reds on their home deck is about as tough as it will get.

net/tag-podcast-episode-90/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tag-podcast-episode-90 Wed, 17 Aug 2022 13:08:13 +0000 https://www. net/? p=2632 Excitement abounds on this week’s The Asian Game Podcast, not only for the return of the AFC Champions League (East Zone), which concludes this week with the knockout rounds in Japan, but because our very [... ] The post TAG Podcast: Episode 90 appeared first on The Asian Game. ]]> Excitement abounds on this week’s The Asian Game Podcast, not only for the return of the AFC Champions League (East Zone), which concludes this week with the knockout rounds in Japan, but because our very own Michael Church has ended his COVID-enforced international travel drought to fly to Japan for it.

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It is perhaps the stadium, along with Riyadh’s King Fahd Stadium, most synonymous with the modern iteration of the AFC Champions League, so it is only fitting that it – along with Saitama’s second stadium, the Komaba Stadium – plays host to the concluding stages of the East Zone of this year’s tournament.

Urawa’s two previous Champions League successes came against the stunning backdrop of a full and vociferous Saitama Stadium, and while not all restrictions have been lifted, meaning we’re unlikely to see anything approaching full capacity, Nishikawa knows how important that home ground and home crowd support will be. “The presence of fans and supporters is important for competing in Asia, and their support in the past ACL games gave me goosebumps, ” he said. “I am sure our opponents will not like the fact that we are playing at Saitama Stadium this time, and for us, there is no better situation.

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