Jeonbuk Hyundai head coach Dan Petrescu reiterated his disappointment that the 2023 Hana OneQ FA Cup Final will be a single-leg affair.
Petrescu held a pre-match press conference for the 2023 Hana OneQ FA Cup Final at 5 p.m. on March 3 at POSCO Headquarters in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province. Jeonbuk will take on the Pohang Steelers at 2 p.m. on April 4 at the Pohang Steel Yard.
Coach Petrescu said, “I am happy to be in the final. Personally, it means a lot to be in the final of the Cup in Korea after Romania, China, and Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding, “The finals are supposed to be played home and away for the first and second legs, but this time it’s a single game in Pohang. I don’t understand it a bit, but if that’s the rule, I’ll follow it. Jeonbuk is a team that knows how to win. We will try our best,” he said.
As for Pohang’s record this year, with one draw and three losses, the coach attributed it to the quality of their opponents. “Records don’t tell the whole story, but this year we have one draw and three losses against Pohang. On top of that, Pohang are second in the K League 1 and are cruising in the AFC Champions League. These are indicators that Pohang is a strong team.” “We haven’t beaten Pohang yet, but we want to use the final as a springboard to do so. We were a little unlucky in the last match, so we hope to have good luck this time, starting with the details.” 무지개토토
Meanwhile, Petrescu avoided giving an immediate answer to the question of whether the AFC Champions League tickets allocated to the FA Cup winners will be for the top-tier AFC Champions League Elite or the lower tier AFC Champions League 2. Petrescu said: “I haven’t heard anything yet. I’m just the coach, I’m not the one who decides, I haven’t thought about it.”