Sydney FC have been drawn alongside Ange Postecoglou’s newly topped Japanese champions Yokohama F Marinos of their 2020 Asian Champions League group.
A tricky draw did defending A-League champions and present season ladder leaders Sydney no favours, as they’ll face the reigning Japanese and South Korean title holders.
Former Socceroos coach Postecoglou steered his membership to the-League title final weekend.
Final season’s Premiers Plate winners and shedding grand finalists Perth Glory have been drawn in a gaggle alongside South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai and China’s Shanghai Shenhua and one other playoff winner.
Each Sydney and Perth might discover themselves up towards a former participant in Bernie Ibini and Jason Davidson respectively.
The Sky Blues have additionally been drawn alongside Ibini’s South Korean membership, Jeonbuk Motors and the winners of a play-off between sides from China, Thailand and Vietnam.
Glory, who’re making their ACL debut, are set to face their former Socceroos left again Davidson, who switched from Perth to Ulsan after enjoying within the grand remaining loss to Sydney.
“See you quickly@PerthGloryFC,” Davidson tweeted.
Whereas Perth are ACL novices, Sky Blues coach Steve Corica identified Sydney have change into regulars, although they didn’t advance past the group stage previously two seasons.
“That is the fourth time in 5 seasons we have certified for the AFC Champions League so we have loads of nice expertise within the competitors,” Corica stated.
“We have been extraordinarily unlucky to not qualify from the group stage final season towards three of the highest groups within the competitors, and I believe we’ll take an excellent stronger squad into this 12 months’s marketing campaign.”
He in all probability wasn’t stunned at how the draw landed, given he recommended earlier on Tuesday on the membership’s web site they may find yourself bracketed with Yokohama and Jeonbuk.
Sydney confirmed they’d play all their AFC Champions League house matches at Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah in Sydney’s south.
Glory’s soccer and academy director and former participant Jacob Burns stated it was a implausible draw for his membership, with Perth grouped with two very huge golf equipment with loads of historical past.
“We’ll wait and see the playoff (winner), it might probably be FC Tokyo, one other huge membership,” Burns tweeted.
“However we’re actually excited. I believe it may show to be an incredible group and hopefully one which we get by.”