‘First-ever Finalist’ Director Keewell, “Perfect until 30 minutes! Now let’s enjoy the final!”


It was a great game. Yokohama Coach Kiwell, who advanced to the finals of the ALC for the first time in his team’s history by overpowering Ulsan after penalty shoot-out, showed his players’ performance.

Yokohama F. Marinos defeated Ulsan Hyundai after a fierce penalty shootout in the second round of the semifinals of the AFC Champions League (ACL) in the 2023-24 season held at Yokohama International Stadium at 7 p.m. on Sunday. This victory marked Yokohama’s first advance to the finals in the club’s history, and its opponent is Al Ain (UAE).

After the match, coach Harry Kewell said, “At the beginning of the season, I tried to push the players to the limit, and today I showed a good performance. Notably, it was perfect up to the first 30 minutes, and Ulsan did not properly attack. Although there was confusion after the exit, the players did well until the end, and we won. I am proud of the players.”

Yokohama attempted strong pressure from the front to block Ulsan’s build-up, and attempted pressure from front-line striker López. Even after the number of 10 players increased, Ulsan’s attack was prevented by efficient pressure and side blockade.

“I think López is the first defender. After that, we have 10 more defenders even if we don’t have pressure. López was good at pressing, and in the second game, he was good at pressing until the first 20 minutes. He blocked Ulsan’s build-up through pressure. Pressure has to move as a team, so we are emphasizing those things,” Kewell said. 업소알바 “It was important to adjust to the 10 players playing. We replaced Ulsan to prevent side attacks, and we encouraged Ulsan to not make various attacks.”

Yokohama will play in the finals for the first time in the club’s history. The opponent team, Al Ain, told the players that it was the most difficult match that I have played in the upcoming match against Ulsan. You can get everything, or you can lose it. It motivated everyone to become a one-team player. It is my philosophy to give trust to the players and to let them have fun. I hope everyone in the club enjoys the finals,” he said in a message.

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