Lee wary of Churchill ahead of AFC Cup clash

The Korean coach admits that he does not know much about the Indian club but hopes to put on a good show nonetheless, despite his team's injury woes

With only one point from their two AFC Cup games so far, Home United coach Lee Lim Saeng knows that his side need to start getting more points on board as they lie bottom of Group E.

The Protectors' next task is against Churchill Brothers on Tuesday night and the Korean is wary of the I-League side, but vowed that his team would do their best.

"Frankly speaking, I have never played against Indian sides and I don’t have any information," he admitted at the pre-match press conference at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in India earlier this afternoon.

“Churchill Brothers are a big team. They played well against [New Radiant SC in] Maldives. I think they are a good side. I want to respect the opponent but we hope to put a positive show for the football fans.”

The S.League side's assignment will not be made any easier by the raft of injuries in the team, with the likes of Bruno Castanheira, Song Ui-young, Noh Rahman, Indra Sahdan and Fazrul Nawaz out.

“We now have eight injured players, that’s why now we have a problem and also after the last game [against Brunei DPMM], we left the following day in the evening for India," Lee explained.

"I think the fatigue will have increased. I hope the players recover faster. Now we are here with 14 players only."

The 42-year-old added that Lee Kwan Woo and Sirina Camara would start on Tuesday against the Red Machines, while younger players like Syahiran Miswan and Redzwan Atan will likely play a part as he seeks victory.

“We have injuries but I don’t want to think about that," Lee asserted. "What we need is three points from Tuesday’s match and I want to do our best. Players need to get used to the weather and the pitch. We have no problem in these [humid] circumstances."

While Lee might not be taking Churchill lightly, it appears that his counterpart Mariano Dias is doing likewise.

"They are a very good side and have good players like Ismail Yunos, who played for the country (Singapore)," he pointed out.

"They have the [former] South Korean international Lee Kwan Woo and Chinese-born Singaporean International in Qiu Li. They also have the best young player from last year’s S.League in Sinira Camara. These players can make all the difference. Against Persipura Jayapura, they played really well and drew 1-1.”

Dias went on to state that the onus was on his team to get the three points if they harbor any hopes of progressing into the next stage, having won one and lost the other of their previous two games.

“We would like to take it match-by-match," he added. "Last match was good [against New Radiant] and we have a victory and of course this match is equally important if we want to go further in the AFC Cup. A win will only boost our confidence.”