Seongnam Ilhwa boss Shin delighted with group stage performance

Seongnam Ilhwa head coach Shin Tae-Young was buoyant after watching his side record their fifth win in six group stage matches last night.

Seongnam Ilhwa head coach Shin Tae-Young was buoyant after watching his side record their fifth win in six group stage matches last night.

The Koreans again got maximum points in the Asian Champions League when they defeated the Melbourne Victory 3-2 at the Tancheon Sports Complex to top Group E and easily book a spot in the Round of 16.

Shin said he was pleased with the performances of his side over the six initial matches and is now eyeing a knockout home clash with past Asian winners Gamba Osaka.

“I am very happy that we have won five out of six games in the group stage. We were in a tough group and came through very well,” Shin said.

“This is my first AFC Champions League campaign as a coach but I have had a lot of help from the players.

“We have Gamba Osaka at home in the second round and that is a game we can win. After that it is home and away and we keep doing our best and try to reach the final.

“We have some tough games coming up in the K-League before the second round but we will prepare as well as we can.”

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