Wanderers have been drawn in an extremely competitive group featuring FC Seoul, A Japanese club and either Thai or Chinese opposition.
Old foes FC Seoul always produce hard games vs Wanderers, but we have shown in the past that Korea holds no fear for the Red and Black.
The 2 mystery places hold the key to progression.
Either Urawa Red Diamonds or Kawasaki await us in the group stages, Kawasaki as we know will be hard, Urawa will however be a different quantity.
The club that was once dubbed the Manchester United of Asia hasn’t been winning much domestically or on the continent for a while.
Not so different from Man U.
Like United though, they have an impressive stadium, millions of fans and a 90 minute ethic in the stands.
I would love to see the Urawa fans bring their anthem to Campbelltown, this match up could be a blockbuster!
The play off place will feature Sukhothai FC and Yadanarbon FC of Thailand going up against the massive money on offer at Adreas Villa Boas Shanghai SIPG.
The Chinese outfit already can boast Brazilian World Cup player Hulk and are rumoured to be in the market for Chelsea superstar Oscar for a reported 60 million pounds!
Andreas Villas Boas himself is on an incredible 11 million pounds a year, that’s AUD$18,581,321 for the coaches wages!
One thing is for sure, there will be a bit of expectation for SIPG to qualify for the group stages and then beyond.
Should they qualify, Shanghai will have the luxury of bringing in players on a blank cheque this January.
This is something we have been up against before with Guangzhou Evergrande.
I never get bored of watching Covic save the penalty.
They had World Cup winning coach Marcelo Lippi and players from the Serie A like Diamante when we played them on our way to the Champions League final.
We are not a small club and we will not shirk the fight.
All in all Wanderers have 3 glamour ties likely from North Asia’s 3 powerhouse nations.
Progression will not be easy, but should we get out of our group then we have an amazing opportunity to go deep in the competition.
In a knockout format, they all have to play us at our home ground too.
See you in Campbo.