Argentine marquee Nicolás Martínez says the team is ready to give their all against FC Seoul on Wednesday night in what’s shaping up to be a do-or-die Asian Champions League clash in Korea.
Seoul, like the Wanderers, are without a point so far in the competition, and with Group F front runners Shanghai SIPG and Urawa Red Diamonds playing each other, it presents a huge opportunity for both sides to work their way back into the qualification frame.
On the flip side, a loss for either will put a substantial dent in any hopes of reaching the knockout stages and it’s a situation Martínez says is not lost on the Wanderers.
“We know it’s a crucial game for us,” the number 10 said.
“It’s going to be very important and we know that Seoul are a very good team but we’ve come here to take the three points.
“It’s going to be difficult but we’re focused. We’ll fight to the last minute of the game to achieve the three points that we need.”
With no Hyundai A-League game to contend with over the weekend, the team flew out from Sydney on Sunday morning and Martínez says the extra few days rest will prove invaluable.
“We’ve refreshed our minds and our bodies and we’re able to focus completely on Seoul. After we can think about the league at home.
“We’re in the best physical condition I think—we’ve been working towards this for the last six months to be able to finish the season strong and healthy.
“We’re on the right path.”
Wednesday night’s game at Seoul World Cup Stadium will be played in unfamiliar conditions for the Wanderers, with temperatures set to drop to near zero during the game, though it’s a change Martínez says is very welcome.
“It’s very cold but it’s not a problem. I prefer the cold than the heat.”
FC Seoul vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Wednesday 15 March, 9:30pm (AEDT)
Seoul World Cup Stadium
TV: Live coverage on Fox Sports 503
Radio: Hawkesbury Radio
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