Kwoun: We are more disciplined

Fox in the box – Nenad Krsticic

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors captain Kwoun Sun-tae believes his team's superior discipline will help them to a second AFC Champions League title.

Jeonbuk face the UAE's Al Ain in the first leg of the final on Saturday in Jeonju and Kwoun is confident that South East Asian precision will trump West Asian creativity.

"The West Asian sides are less structured and organised than us, and are able to play with a certain degree of freedom and creativity," said the Jeonbuk stopper. 

"But our team has a stronger mentality and more disciplined positioning with greater physical strength.

"We went on a winter training camp in Dubai and played against a lot of West Asian teams, so we have experience against them.

"The way to defeat them is to restrict their movement and creativity, and disrupt their tempo on the field – we need to be the ones to impose ourselves on the game control the momentum and tempo."

Kwoun was part of the team when they lifted their first AFC silverware in 2006, but with a decade's more experience and the captain's armband, the 32-year-old is playing a much more crucial role this time around.

"It's my second time in the final, but at the 2006 edition I really didn’t know anything about how to prepare for the match," added Kwoun. 

"I was just desperate to win. I was very young, playing in the first year of my career. We played the first game at home, and even though we lost the second leg we won the title on aggregate.

"But it has been ten years since then and I now have a lot of experience so, compared to before, I feel relaxed, comfortable and prepared."

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