Mariners arrive in Suwon for ACL match

April 22, 2013

A-League champions Central Coast have arrived in South Korea ahead of their difficult AFC Champions League match with Suwon Bluewings.

The Mariners had little time to celebrate their maiden grand final triumph against Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday, having to fly out the next day for the Champions League match.

The side arrived less than a day before the fixture.

They'll hold a light session in Suwon on Tuesday morning in a bid to shake out any cobwebs before the important Group H game against the Bluewings.

Coach Graham Arnold said his team would be focussed despite the difficult circumstances.

"We have a great determination to reach the second round of the 2013 AFC Champions League," Arnold said.

"However, we have a very difficult schedule for this game, and a massive challenge ahead of us. But it is a challenge we accept and one that we have to get on with. We will try and produce a very strong performance."

The Mariners currently sit third on goal difference to China's Guizhou Renhe in Group H of the continent's top club competition.

J-League outfit Kashiwa Reysol top the group while Suwon sit last, however they are only a point adrift of both Central Coast and Guizhou.

A point or better for the Mariners would enhance their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage of the tournament but a win against Kashiwa Reysol in Gosford next week in what will be a live rubber regardless, will be key.

The Mariners will be without captain John Hutchinson and defender Brent Griffiths for the game against Suwon. Both players are out due to suspension.