Travel a factor for weary Suwon

While Suwon Bluewings defender Shin Se-Gye concedes travel is a factor for his teammates ahead of their clash against Melbourne Victory tomorrow, he is confident they will be ready to play.

The Suwon Bluewings squad has travelled to Melbourne after playing in the opening round of the K-League season on Saturday afternoon, losing 2-0 to Seongnam.

“Preparation is a big part of the game, especially in football. We have flown more than 18 hours to come here so it is clearly a factor. But also we bring many fresh players, young players. We believe the players will overcome the situation,” Shin said.

Bluewings currently sits at the bottom of Group G after two games having drawn against Gamba Osaka and losing to Shanghai SIPG. 

The South Korean outfit has had a history of success in Asian Champions League, having won it in back-to-back years in 2001 and 2002. Last year Suwon reached the round of 16 before being knocked out by Japanese side Kawisha Reysol.

The 25-year-old is confident his side can continue its continental success and turn around a slow start to the campaign.

“We are bottom of the table but the point difference with the head of the table is only three points and if we win tomorrow we have a good chance to qualify to next round. It is an away game but our players are well motivated,” he said.

Suwon Bluewings take on Melbourne Victory tomorrow night at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne, kickoff at 7:30pm (AEDT).