KUALA LUMPUR: Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) manager Luciano Figueroa believes his men will head into the AFC Champions League (ACL) wiser in their second year.
JDT made a commendable debut last season in Asia’s top football club competition as they collected four points from six matches in the group stage.
This time they are drawn in Group G with South Korea’s Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Guangzhou Evergrande of China and winners of Japan’s Emperor’s Cup, who will only be known on Jan 1 next year.
JDT owner Tunku Mahkota of Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has set a target of getting past the group stage and Figueroa is relishing on the challenge.
Figueroa said the Southern Tigers would be better equipped this time.
“The ACL is a tough competition and we’ve been drawn against three difficult teams. We’ll do team analysis. I think we can do better than last season, ” said Figueroa after the draw ceremony here at the AFC House in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
“Our players are experienced after playing last season, they’ll know how to face the top teams but we’ve to improve everything.
“We’ve been challenged to qualify for the next stage. It’s good to have the pressure.”
JDT will kick off their campaign against Emperor’s Cup winners in Japan on Feb 12.
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