|Nguyen Van Quyet of Ha Noi T&T (left) seen during a match against Indonesia's Persib Bandung last week. Ha Noi T&T will play FC Seoul today in the third preliminary round in Seoul. – Photo the-afc.com
HA NOI (VNS) – Coach Phan Thanh Hung is well aware that Ha Noi T&T will have to raise their game in tomorrow's Asian Football Confederation Champions League play-off with former finalists FC Seoul.
The Vietnamese team last week eased to a 4-0 victory over Indonesia's Persib Bandung in the second preliminary round.
The former national champions arrived in Seoul on Saturday to prepare for the match, the winner of which advanced to the play-off round.
Hung was happy with his team's result, as his players showed mental strength and good motivation and performance, and really played to win.
"I hope that my players will be better in the next game against the South Korean side. It's not a problem to play on New Year Eve. In fact, we faced a similar situation last year," Hung said.
"I believe that my players are professional and so, they will try their best in the next round."
Ha Noi T&T failed to reach the final round of play-offs last year after losing to Thailand's Muangthong United.
FC Seoul, the 2013 finalists, are considered stronger than Ha Noi T&T.
The club, founded as Lucky-Goldstar FC in 1983, have won five K League titles, two K League Cups and one domestic Football Association Cup.
FC Seoul are one of the most successful and popular clubs in the K League Classic. Judged to be the most valuable football brand in 2012, they are managed by home-grown legend Choi Yong-soo.
The match will be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
The winner of this match will face former winners Guangzhou Evergrande from China, who beat FC Seoul on away goals in the 2013 final, defending champions Western Sydney Wanderers from Australia and Japan's Kashima Antlers in Group H of the AFC Champions League. – VNS