Terengganu’s Lee Tuck returns fresh after international break

  • Football
  • Friday, 13 Sep 2019

Daddy’s girl: Lee Tuck with his four-month-old baby Ruby Sofya Tuck.

PETALING JAYA: A three-week international break is indeed a blessing in disguise for Terengganu captain Lee Tuck.

Lee Tuck went back to England and introduced his newborn baby Ruby Sofya Tuck to his family members.

And now, he is back, refreshed and ready to take on FA Cup champions Kedah in their Group A Malaysia Cup encounter at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu today.

“The three weeks were good for everyone. We had a bit of break, so people went home to see their families,” said Lee Tuck.

“I had time to go back to England, which was refreshing. A time to recharge myself. All my family members got to meet Ruby, and that was special.

“We reported for training with high spirits. Everyone is in a good mood to face Kedah.”

The Turtles just need a win against Kedah to secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup.

In their first encounter in the group, Terengganu shocked the Red Eagles 2-0 at the Darulaman Stadium on Aug 8 and ended Kedah’s unbeaten record at their home this season.

Terengganu are top of the table with nine points while Kedah are second with seven. PKNS are third with four points and Negri Sembilan are bottom with three points.

Lee Tuck, who played friendlies against UiTM and Felda United during the break, knows that the return fixture would be even more challenging.

“The matches against UiTM and Felda were tough and they were good games. They are not only competitive in big games but also competitive in friendlies,” said Lee Tuck.

“We played some excellent football, got back our playing rhythm. We understand how big tomorrow’s (today’s) game is. We want to be in the driver’s seat.

“Throughout the Malaysia Cup campaign, we’ve been doing the right things and we’ll not change our approach. I don’t need to tell my teammates what to do because everyone knows their roles.”

Lee Tuck hoped his team would rise at their home ground.

“We need to be competitive and aggressive. Kedah rely on their imports’ aerial strength. We must work hard and dominate at home,” he said.

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