Jeonbuk put AFC Champions League first

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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have been afforded the time to properly prepare for next week’s AFC Champions League last 16 clash with Melbourne Victory, by postponing a league fixture that was scheduled for this weekend.

The K-League outfit’s clash with Gwangju has been moved to June 4 in order to allow Kang-hee Choi’s side to depart for Australia earlier than they would otherwise have been able to.

The news has not come as music to the ears of Victory boss Kevin Muscat who has long petitioned for A-League clubs to be granted the same flexibility with domestic fixtures.

“I’ve never made excuses but I’d love to see the Champions League teams helped a lot more than they are at the moment,’’ Muscat told SEN’s World of Football.

“We’re not involved next year at this point, but I’d love to give my feedback to FFA in relation to making it not easier, but fairer for teams in the Asian Champions League.

“It needs to be addressed. It’s all well and good saying we want to be successful in Asia because it helps our code and league, but you’ve got to give clubs a better chance of doing that.

“We’ve probably played more games this season than any other club in A-League history having gone to the FFA Cup final and advanced from the group stage.

“But games aren’t the issue, it’s the lack of training in between and trying to replicate that, a lot of the coaching has to be done in the theatrette and in meetings.’’

The two sides will face off at AAMI Park on Tuesday before doing battle in the return leg at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium on May 24.