Suwon wary of Aussie climate against Victory

Suwon Bluewings will take confidence and valuable experience from their games against Brisbane Roar earlier this year when they face Melbourne Victory in the 2016 ACL.

The Bluewings drew 3-3 in Brisbane before defeating the Hyundai A-League team 3-1 at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in the 2015 ACL group stage. 

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South Korean powerhouse Suwon travels to Australia on March 15 next year to play Victory and then hosts the return match on April 6.

“The schedule is very similar to last year,” said Lee Eun-ho, a spokesman for the two-time continental champion. 

“It was tough for both teams. The climates were very different, still cold in Korea and then warm in Australia. 

"Some of our players caught colds after the long trip and the difference in temperatures.

“But we played well against Brisbane and enjoyed the two games and we hope we can play like that again.”

Roar talisman Thomas Broich on the ball against Suwon Bluewings.

Overall, Suwon is content with the group though the other two teams will not be finalised until next year.

“We know that Australian teams are always very competitive,” said Lee. 

“It is always different in Australia – the travel, the climate and the style of play. It presents challenges to us but we know it is difficult for them too, as they have lots of travel.”

Adelaide United could make it three for Hyundai A-League teams but will have to win a play-off in order to so. It is possible that the opponent will be Tampine Rovers.

The assistant coach of the Singapore club Azbar Nawas would love nothing more than a crack at Adelaide United though first the S-League team has to defeat India's Mohun Bagan and Chinese powerhouse Shandong Luneng to earn a trip to the 2008 runner-up.

“It would be a dream for us to go and play in Australia,” said Azbar. “Just to face a team at the level in one of Asia's strongest countries would be a great test for us and give us an idea of where we need to be. 

"It will be tough for us to get as far as playing Adelaide but that would be something special.”