Jets ready to attack against Pohang Steelers
Newcastle Jets boss Gary Van Egmond has promised an attacking approach when they take on Pohang Steelers in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night.
The A-League side, who qualified from Group E with a 1-0 win over Ulsan Hyundai on the final matchday, return to Korea to face the hitherto unbeaten Steelers as they try to emulate Adelaide United's run to the final last year.
And Van Egmond is keen for a swift breakthrough at Pohang Steelyard.
"We will try to score early in the game, I don't want the game to go to a penalty shootout," he said. "If we keep the ball more than they do, we can control the game. Denilson, Ristic, Choi Hyo-jin, No Byeong-jun and Yoo Chang-hyun will all be threats."
Song Jin-hyung, who missed the group stage following ankle surgery at the end of last term, could play a part and is looking forward to facing his compatriots.
"It has been only two weeks since I've been back playing following the surgery so I am not so sure how long I could play tomorrow. but playing against a Korean team is very exciting for me," said the midfielder.
Steelers boss Sergio Farias, meanwhile, admitted he was preparing for the prospect of a penalty shootout.
"We will make the best of what we have and at the same time we will attack their weak points," said the Brazilian.
"I will also prepare for a penalty shootout. Newcastle have played well and successfully gained the points needed to qualify from the group stage. As a draw would be meaningless to both teams, it should be an exciting match."
Having won the K-League in 2007 and the Korean FA Cup in 2008, Farias is also looking to increase his trophy haul by capturing Asia's ultimate club prize after they topped Group H.
"When I came to Pohang in 2005, they were having a party to celebrate finishing runner-ups," added the Brazilian.
"In my country, being a runner-up does not have much meaning. The only thing that matters in Brazil is winning a trophy so I reckon Pohang is a team that has to win a trophy."