Jeonbuk striker pushing for start

Jeonbuk striker Lee Dong-gook may start his first match of the Champions League campaign in Tuesday's AFC Champions League clash against Binh Duong at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium.

The former AFC Champions League winners go into the match full of confidence after their 4-1 win over Shandong Luneng in China two weeks ago.

The Korean side are currently in second place in Group E, behind Japan's Kashiwa Reysol on goal difference.

They also started their K-League Classic title defence with two consecutive victories, including a 2-1 victory at Seoul FC over the weekend.

"Our first target is to finish top of the group and so we have to win our home games," Jeonbuk coach Choi Kang-hee is quoted by the official AFC website.
 
"We have no injuries and no problems to play on Saturday and then Tuesday, and we will attack in front of our home fans.

"Lee has recovered. The former English Premier League star played more than 30 minutes against Seoul on Saturday and he is OK to start.

"The early stages of the game will be important, and we have to start well and be careful.

"Binh Duong have some tricky players in midfield and attack."
 
Binh Duong won the first match of the campaign when they beat Shandong 3-2 at home, before losing 5-1 in Japan two weeks ago, a result which saw them drop to the bottom of Group E.

"We are a strong team in Vietnam, but the AFC Champions League is full of strong teams," said Binh Duong coach Nguyen Thanh Son.
 
"We have heard about Jeonbuk's attacking strength, so tomorrow we plan to concentrate on defence and look to get forward with counterattacks.

"Mentally and in football terms, we have prepared well for the game and we have confidence going into the match.

"We have lost our first two games so we will give our all for victory in this match."

 

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