Schröck: We can
produce an upset
By Adrian Stewart Co
Ahead of next week’s 2020 AFC Champions League qualifying playoff round match against 2019 J1 League runners-up FC Tokyo, Ceres-Negros FC midfielder Stephan Schröck, who scored the decisive goal in their 1-0 victory over Thai League 1 club Port FC in the second preliminary round, said they can pull off an upset and earn a spot in the AFC Champions League group stage.
“We are always capable of producing an upset—we believe in us,” he said.
The winner of this year’s playoff round will earn the final spot in Group F, where they face 2019 K League 1 runners-up Ulsan Hyundai FC, 2019 Chinese FA Cup champions Shanghai Shenhua, and 2018–19 A-League champions Perth Glory.
If the Negrense club is unsuccessful in their bid for a spot in the AFC Champions League, they are already drawn in Group G of the 2020 AFC Cup alongside Than Quang Ninh, who finished third in the V.League 1, and 2019 Liga 1 winners Bali United.
The fourth spot in the group will be determined by a playoff between Hong Kong’s Kitchee SC, Taiwan Power Company FC, and Ulaanbaatar City FC of Mongolia./ASC, WDJ