Melbourne Victory defender James Donachie says the Asian Champions League is a “breath of fresh air” after a tumultuous few weeks for the club.
The Victory commence their Asian Champions League campaign against South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai FC at AAMI Park tonight.
“It’ll be their first [competitive match] and we have to take that advantage for all teams,” Donachie said.
Ulsan Hyundai FC finished fourth in the K-League in the 2017 season and are yet to play a competitive match in 2018, but Donachie says the Victory will still be weary.
“From personal experience Korean teams are very fit regardless of the time of season,” Donachie said.
In the six campaigns the Victory have been involved in they have only progressed from the Group Stage once and Donachie told FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Four Diegos the competition introduces a new mentality among the team.
“It’s a new challenge against a team we’re not used to playing so it does give you that extra bit of excitement,” Donachie said.
The Four Diegos airs every Monday and Thursday from 6pm (AEDT) on FNR_Football Nation Radio
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