Bullish Bluewings vow to soar over Sydney
South Korea's Suwon Bluewings have arrived in Australia at full-strength and super confident of sweeping aside Sydney FC in Wednesday's Asian Champions League opener.
While the Sky Blues are desperate to get their second Asian campaign off on the right foot after missing the A-League finals, Suwon coach Yoon Sung-Hyo is already dreaming big and looking past the Sydney Football Stadium clash.
"If we don't have many injured players we're expecting to win both K-League title and ACL title at the same time," Sung-Hyo said.
"In the past (K-League side) Pohang won the ACL title and Seongnam (Ilhwa) won last year so this year will be Suwon's turn."
Suwon's squad includes four current Korean internationals, goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong, defender Hwang Jae-Won, midfielder Lee Yong-Rae and striker Yeom Gi-Hoon, all of whom were a part of the recent Asian Cup squad.
Club legend Sung-Hyo, who took over the side last season, admitted to having some concerns how his internationals would blend with some of the club's off-season recruits having spent much of the pre-season away with the national team but said all would play.
"We've got four international players and they will add strength to our team but we've got some weakness as well at the same time because they played international football for a long time at the Asian Cup," he said.
Suwon captain Choi Sung-Kuk, one of Sung-Hyo's new recruits having joined from Korea's army team Gwangju Sangmu, said he knew little about the A-League but expected Sydney to put up a good fight.
"I don't know about A-League, but Australia is one of the strongest teams in Asia so the A-League should be good," he said.
"But we want to win tomorrow's game and tomorrow's game will be the first game for our new coach so we will absolutely win the game."
Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka is also expected to put his new recruits on show, with short-term signings Andrew Durante and David Williams likely to take the field at some point.
Durante will return to his club Wellington after the group stages while Williams could use the tournament to push his case for a longer deal with Sydney after his team North Queensland folded on Tuesday.
"We are happy David Williams and Andrew Durante join us for the group stage, we are now stronger," Lavicka said.
"Now they train with us a couple of training sessions and they are ready and both in the squad.
"We can expect minimum one of them should be in the starting line-up."
Both Lavicka and Sydney FC captain Terry McFlynn believed the A-League club would be better prepared for the match having had a full season under its belt.
Suwon have not played a competitive game since the K-League season ended in November.