Competition: AFC Champions League (Group E)
Date: Tuesday, 23rd February 2010 (19:00 kick off)
Venue: Tancheon Sports Complex
DF TERADA (yellow card 60')
DF KOMIYAMA (yellow card 69')
MF TANIGUCHI (replaced by YAJIMA 87')
FW KUROTSU (replaced by NOBORIZATO 80')
FW CHONG (yellow card 77')
FW RENATINHO (replaced by TASAKA '80)
Frontale got off to a losing start in their 2010 AFC Champions League campaign. And, in light of their pre-season preparations, I'm not overly surprised.
I've only caught the goals so far (Seongnam's first looked suspiciously offside), but it's clear that Juninho's cutting edge was sorely missed. It also seems that the right side of defence is still something of a problem.
The most interesting factor was the decision to play three up front...away from home...with Kurotsu getting the nod alongside Chong Tese and Renatinho. Would a more moderate 4-4-2 approach have been more sensible in the circumstances? Or is this a statement of intent from coach Takahata?
Looking on the bright side, this should serve as the wake-up call the friendly fixtures couldn't provide. And the pain of defeat will hopefully put the team in the right frame of mind to bag three points in their opening J.League fixture at home to Albirex Niigata a week on Saturday.