JOHOR BARU: Selangor can expect a backlash from Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) following the club side’s exit from the AFC Champions League (ACL) playoff.
The Southern Tigers are ready to put that disappointment behind them when they take on the Red Giants in a Super League match at the Larkin Stadium today.
Head coach Benjamin Mora expects nothing but a win against Selangor despite their dream of playing in the ACL being dashed after going down to J-League side Gamba Osaka 3-0 in Japan last Tuesday.
“The players are in excellent mood and everything is good for us ... even after the game against Gamba.
“I’m proud of my players as they have a strong will power and a great fighting spirit, which I’m sure they will show against Selangor.
“My instruction to the players is simple. Go all out ... attack Selangor right from the start and dominate the game.
“It will be a tricky match against Selangor, but we have trained hard since our return from Japan and we’re confident of beating them,” said Mora, who admitted that the defeat had taught his team many lessons.
Although the Mexican expects his men to dish out an entertaining brand of football for their fans, he does not want them to under-estimate the Red Giants, who lost their last match 5-3 to newly-promoted PKNS in Shah Alam last week.
JDT and Selangor have four points each but the Southern Tigers have a game in hand.
Meanwhile, the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) have approved the transfer of JDT II’s Argentine striker Gabriel Guerra to play for the senior team in the Super League.
He will replace Jeronimo Barrales, who will in turn go down to play in the Premier League.
The FMLLP have endorsed the transfer of players under the “Feeder Club” agreement with JDT last August.
Under this programme, JDT are allowed to transfer three more local players outside the transfer window.
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