Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is wary of a full-speed Yokohama F Marinos but believes he can exploit Ange Postecoglou’s team in his first outing against the former Socceroos’ mentor.
The Sky Blues open their Asian Champions League campaign tonight in Yokohama, looking to advance from the group stage for the first time in three seasons.
Corica’s club hasn’t played for almost three weeks due to two postponements.
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They will be up against a Yokohama side, two games into their season and one who thrive on dominating possession and coming hard at opposing teams.
“I’m just hoping we are not a little bit underdone,” Corica said. “We know they will come out full speed ahead and we need to be ready for that from the start of the game.
“They are very much on the front foot all the time but, when we have the ball, we want to take it to them.
“Defensively, we have to be nice and strong and compact because they do have a lot of movement and a lot of pace as well.
“They are a very good team going forward but we believe that we can hurt them with the ball as well and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”
Sydney’s highly-anticipated clash with Ange’s Yokohama kicks off at 9:30pm AEDT tonight with coverage starting from 9pm on Fox Sports 505.
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