JDT will start as favorites in their second Group G game against Ratchaburi in this AFC Champions League fixture.
When Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) takes the pitch against Ratchburi tonight, they will experience something they haven’t done in all three seasons (including last year when they pulled out after two matches. ) that they played in the AFC Champions. League – start the match as a favorite!
Previous matches have seen the South Tigers pit their strength against Japanese, Korean and Chinese teams, but for the first time in the history of the competition, a Malaysian team will face a Thai team in the group stages where JDT is arguably the most wanted team. pick up three points.
Neither team are approaching this game in the best possible mood after JDT were beaten 1-0 by Nagoya Grampus on Tuesday, with Ratchaburi also suffering a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Pohang Steelers. There is no doubt that the two teams will consider this meeting as the easiest of the three they have to face in Group G.
|10:00 p.m.||Friday 25 June 2021||Rajamangala Stadium|
TV channel and live broadcast
|Channel / station|
|Astro CH815 (Fox Sports)|
|Astro Go (stream)|
Benjamin Mora has had no injury worries since the opener against Nagoya and will have a full squad to choose from. With Safawi Rasid still struggling after his recent return from injury, this could be an area where the Mexican could look to turn things around, with Ramadhan Saifullah and Akhyar Rashid being the options.
Sek-san Siripong has his eye on center-back Pawee Tanthatemee who has been healing an injury since his first game against Pohang, but also has a healthy record to choose from. Steveen Longil, Sanrawat Dechmitr and Junior Emia Mapuku are expected to be the offensive threat for the Thai side.
What the coaches said
“Now we are turning the page because we have to look forward to the next game. Ratchaburi is more similar to Malaysian football although the Thai League is still a higher level as a league in my opinion. We watched their game against Pohang and we think we have a good opportunity to do something good if we work together like we did against Nagoya.
“My expectation is always to win because that’s how we have to think. We have to expect victory because that’s why we come to compete and then 95 minutes anything can happen.”
“Obviously we want to show that we can compete with the best teams on the continent and I think we will show that on the pitch tomorrow. We had some problems in the game against Pohang and I think the players suffered from nerves. playing their first AFC Champions League game.
“It’s a new experience for the team and the players are looking forward to their next match against Johor Darul Ta’zim. The Malaysian team has a similar style of play to ours and we know their approach. Johor Darul Ta’zim are a difficult team to face but I believe in my players and their abilities.
“We are playing at home and the players know that and they are ready to show what they are capable of tomorrow. At the end of the day, we want to show everyone that Ratchaburi is one of the best Thai teams in the competition.”
Results to date
|June 22, 2021||JDT 0-1 Nagoya|
|June 22, 2021||Pohang 2-0 Ratchaburi|
|3||Johor Darul Ta’zim||1||0||0||1||0||1||-1||0|
Due to the fact that only the group winners are guaranteed a place in the next round of the competition, the opening day’s loss to Nagoya did not help JDT’s cause but there are still five games to go. including the one against Ratchaburi where JDT could turn to winning points.
Past encounters against Thai teams
|February 10, 2015||Bangkok Glass 3-0 JDT||ACL Preliminary round 2|
|February 2, 2016||Muangthong 0 (3) – (0) 0 JDT (pen)||ACL Preliminary round 2|
|Jan 31, 2017||Bangkok United 1 (4) – (5) 1 JDT (pen)||ACL Preliminary round 2|
|Jan 23, 2018||Muangthong 5-2 JDT||ACL Preliminary round 2|
With JDT only qualifying for the group stages on merit from the 2019 season after helping Malaysia achieve a sufficiently high number of points in the AFC standings, their previous encounters against Thai teams have had no results. held only in the qualifying phase of this competition where, for four consecutive years, a Thai team stood in their way.
Only once in these four games have JDT made it to the playoffs, in the 2017 season when they edged out Bangkok United thanks to a decisive kick from Nazmi Faiz in the shootout after both sides failed. could separate after 120 minutes. football.