BANGKOK – Ceres Negros captain Stephan Schrock is excited about the role of the outsider for his team when the bus men compete against the Thai powerhouse Port FC on Tuesday evening in the preliminary round of the AFC Champions League at PAT Stadium.
The busmen have a lot of experience in continental competition, but they are facing a rise against the Thai club, which boasts one of the most talented – and most expensive – teams in Southeast Asia.
"We have nothing to lose and there is not much to expect from us, which we will not get much in the course of the season," said Schrock at the press conference on Monday. "But this is still an opportunity for us to showcase the best of Filipino club football in a country that has a strong following of the sport."
Ceres faced its first opponent, Shan United from Myanmar, last Tuesday at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila with a dramatic 3-2 success.
A kettle-like atmosphere awaits the busmen in the PAT stadium with 7,000 seats, which is already sold out for the match starting at 7:00 p.m. (8 p.m. in Manila).
Port has an abundance of offensive talents, including Spanish midfielder Sergio Suarez and last season's best international international in the Thai league in Brazilian striker Heberty, who reportedly earns 2 million baht a month (P3.3 million).
Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic conceded that his team had to improve defensively to have a chance of a surprise.
"We just want to see how far we are now and how we have to improve some tactical things," said the Serbian mentor. INQ
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