Adelaide United players are confident of beating Bunyokor in their AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg, despite a grueling travel and match schedule.
The Reds arrived in Tashkent on Monday for the ACL match on Thursday (AEST), having left Adelaide at 9.30am on Sunday. The squad is due back in Australia next Sunday for its A-League Round 1 match against Newcastle Jets, just seven days after leaving for Uzbekistan.
“It was a good trip. We got in here nice and early at about 4am so I think the main concern is to get some sleep in and rest up,” Reds midfielder Fabian Barbiero said.
“We’ve got a couple of days to acclimatise and get used to the time difference, so we’ll have a sleep and then have a training session later this afternoon.”
“The flights were all smooth so the boys are ready to rock ‘n roll.”
The 2-2 draw in the first Leg means a win by any score would see the Reds go through to the semi-finals, while another 2-2 draw would see the tie go into extra time and possibly a penalty shootout.
In the unlikely event of a 3-3 draw, Adelaide would go through on the away goals rule.
The match begins at 12am, Thursday (AEST).
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