ACL win boosts Wanderers for Kawasaki

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Buoyed by their historic maiden Asian Champions League win last week, Western Sydney are looking for nothing less than three points when they face Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday.


The Wanderers sit second in their group after their away victory over Chinese side Guizhou.

Now back home for their third ACL match, the encounter against J-League team Kawasaki looms as pivotal in their hopes to progress to the knockout phase.

With Ulsan Hyundai looking likely to finish top of the group and Guizhou struggling, the Wanderers and Kawasaki are likely to battle it out for second spot.

Having been humbled by Ulsan a fortnight ago, coach Tony Popovic feels his side learnt some important lessons and won’t accept anything less than victory at Parramatta Stadium on Wednesday.

“We learnt lessons from the first game, we learnt that the detail goes to another level,” he said.

“They’ve been buoyant since that result in China, we did well on the weekend and we want to carry that on tomorrow night.

“We want to win the match. There’ll be no talk of anything else.”

Popovic says he’s done his research on the J-League side, who boast Japanese internationals Masaki Yamamoto and Kengo Nakamura, and Brazilian pair Paulinho and Renatinho.

“I’ve seen all their J-League games and their two ACL games,” he said.

“Their Brazilians are very good, so we know what we’re up against.

“They’re a good footballing team who play very quick. Quick players, quick ball movement – things that we aspire to do.

“So we look forward to the test but we believe it will be a test for them as well.”

Defender Matthew Spiranovic and playmaker Shinji Ono sat out Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Adelaide.

While Ono will be fit to play, Popovic said Spiranovic was still in doubt.

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