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Melbourne determined to atone for 2008's ACL disappointment

Melbourne Victory are keen to atone for their performance in the 2008 Asian Champions League.

The reigning A-League champions finished second in their group which was topped by eventual winners Gamba Osaka but back then the format of the competition was different.

Now the ACL consists of 32 teams competing in eight groups with the top two clubs from each group moving through to the round of 16.

Victory football operations manager Gary Cole believes with some experience behind them, the Victory will now be better equipped to tackle the likes of Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (Korea Republic), Beijing Guoan (China) and Kawasaki Frontale (Japan) in Group E when the tournament kicks off in February next year.

"Having competed in the ACL once, we are all eagerly anticipating another opportunity and Seongnam, Beijing and Kawasaki will provide a great challenge come February next year," Cole said.

"The ACL is growing in prominence throughout Asia and Australia and it has become a very strong competition, but we believe we have a team that can really make an impact.

"The Hyundai A-League remains our key focus for the time being, but the ACL is certainly something that will provide a fantastic opportunity for our members and supporters to see Asia's best clubs in action."

Andrew Slevison
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