GLOBAL Cebu looks to barge into the winning column in the 2018 AFC Cup when it hosts Bali United in matchday two of the group stages on Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The Cebuano club looks to replicate the same success it had in the previous AFC Cup campaign when it topped the group which included Malaysian powerhouse Johor Darul Ta’zim.
Global looks to bounce back after falling 1-0 in Vietnam against home side FLC Than Hoa two weeks ago.
“Our problem in the last game was loose marking in the back,” said Global coach Marjo Allado as they fell victim to a Pape Faye goal in the 74th minute.
“We will learn from that and we hope that doesn’t happen again,” he added.
Following a change of ownership after the last season of the PFL, Global has done fairly well preparing for this season.
It still has Rufo Sanchez and Darryl Roberts up front to lead the attack but the chances came far and few in between against the homesquad in the opener.
It’s something that Allado hopes to change against Bali.
“We didn’t have many attempts but we are addressing that. We have to improve our attempts on target.”
Bali is also fresh off a loss on home soil, bowing 3-1 to Yangon United.
The Indonesian side conceded three early goals against the Myanmar-based club in the first 25 minutes, two coming from former Global player Sekou Sylla.
But skipper Patrick Deyto expects a tough match against the Bali club.
“They lost versus Yangon but that is not a definitive conclusion of their strength,” said Deyto who stressed the importance of this game when it comes to their chance of advancing.
“All of these games are tough but this a must-win for us if we want to progress. We will give it our best,” he added.
Allado echoed his captain’s sentiments.
“Having watched Bali versus Yangon, they are very good with 70 percent of the possession,” Allado continued. “But they have weaknesses that we will try to exploit.”
Also playing in Group G are the winners of matchday one as Yangon United hosts FLC Thanh Hoa.