Coach Mora says JDT capable of beating Thai side


Buoyant: National goalkeeper Farizal Marlias says JDT are mentally and physically stronger and should beat Thai club Ratchaburi.

PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) coach Benjamin Mora believes the odds are good for them to beat Thai club Ratchaburi in the AFC Champions League at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok today.

JDT are eyeing a comeback in their second Group G match after losing 0-1 to Nagoya Grampus in the first game.

Mora said Ratchaburi’s game was similar to some of the teams in the Super League.

“Our performance against Nagoya was good, but unfortunately, they were stronger. Now we turn the page and look forward to our game against Ratchaburi,” said Mora.

“The level of the Thai and Malaysian leagues are almost similar but the standard of the Thais are a bit higher, but we can compete against their clubs. Ratchaburi are similar to some of the sides we have played in Malaysia.

“I believe we have a chance. We have watched their videos and also their last game against Pohang Steelers (they lost 2-0). The odds are good.”

Mora said there were no injury concerns and he was looking for a win.

“We do not just want to be on the pitch to show our faces. I want my boys to work every minute. I believe the second game will give us the impetus to do well in this campaign.”

JDT will be banking on La’vere Corbin Ong, Afiq Fazail, Matthew Davies, and their foreign quartet Mauricio Santos, Shane Lowry, Leandro Velasquez and Bergson da Silva to help the Southern Tigers get their first three points.

Captain and goalkeeper Farizal Marlias is also positive of their chances against Ratchaburi.

“They are technically good and fast and so are we. We are mentally strong and physically prepared,” said Farizal.

Ratchaburi qualified for the Champions League after finishing fourth in the first half of the Thai League 2020-2021 season. They ended the season in eighth.

Their top players are Phillip Roller, who top scored last season with 14 goals, and Steven Langil, who made 11 assists.

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