ONE of the most important things Misagh Bahadoran learned from his experience in the AFC Cup two years ago is to never let your guard down.
That's why he isn’t taking things lightly as Global FC takes on cup first timer Magwe FC in the group stages of the 2017 AFC Cup on Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
"Two years ago, first half was difficult for us. This is all based on experience. Now they have the experience with players in the national team. They want to show their manager something. It's going to be a difficult game tomorrow," said Bahadoran.
"It was a perfect experience for Global F.C. we saw their level was very high. Our two matches (against Yadaranabon) were good preparation for the team," he added.
Bahadoran treats this campaign as a bounce back of sorts for the club after quickly bowing out of the competion in the group stages of 2015.
The national team stand-out is confident the club will do better now, saying the level of local football has risen since they last joined the competition.
"Every loss makes you stronger. We lost two years ago. We were just new in AFC Cup so we didn't know how to face the problems, how strong the other teams are. Now we know what it feels, everything needs to be organized, more disciplined, physically ready," Bahadoran continued.
"The players are more motivated, want to fight harder. We are a good team with this generation of players. Football is developing in the Philippines," he finished.
Cere, the other Philippine representative, is set to play its first game as Hanoi FC hosts the Negros-based club at 7 p.m.
The group winners, after a home and away round robin, will advance to the next phase alongside the best second placer in the Asean Zone.