Semen Padang technical director wants his side’s defense to improve against East Bengal

The Indonesian side are ready for the crucial second leg of the AFC Cup quarterfinal clash against the Red and Gold…

Semen Padang have a task at hand when they take on India’s East Bengal on Tuesday in the second leg of the AFC Cup quarterfinal at Agus Salim Stadium.

The Indonesian Premier League (IPL) leaders lost the away leg 1-0 last week with substitute Ryuji Suoeka scoring the winner in the second half.

The technical director of Semen Padang has asked his side to up the ante and not allow the opposition attackers to find pockets of space to maneuver. They are boosted by the return of centre-back Wahyu Wijiastanto who missed the first leg because of suspension.

“Defense will be our main focus when facing East Bengal. There are few things we need to evaluate from the first leg. Previously, our defenders played well but the opponent could use spaces between them. We will make sure it's not happening again this time," said Suhatman Iman told Antara.


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