Sydney FC will 'fly' in Korea: Damjanovic

Suwon Bluewings striker Dejan Damjanovic expects Sydney FC to present a much tougher proposition in April's Asian Champions League return fixture.

The Montenegrin veteran, who scored both goals in Suwon's opening 2-0 victory at Allianz Stadium on Wednesday, put the Sky Blues' uncharacteristically meek display partly down to hot weather and the short turnaround following Saturday's 4-0 A-League win over Melbourne City.

For those reasons, he was already bracing for vengeance when Graham Arnold's side travel to Suwon World Cup Stadium on group matchday five.

"I think Sydney was a little bit tired after the league game four days before," Damjanovic said.

"At that time it is really hot so they're a little bit exhausted, and the second half you saw they started late in tackles and passing.

"I think they will not miss when they come in our home in April when it's 20 degrees - they will fly.

"We were a little bit better in some situations, but nothing special.

"This is just one half, and we need to play maybe better at home if we want to win one more time against Sydney."

Damjanovic, a three-time K-League top-scorer, moved to Suwon from FC Seoul this off-season.

The 36-year-old was impressed by what he'd experienced in his first competitive match for his new club, who begin their domestic season at the beginning of March having finished fourth last campaign.

"I must say Korean teams are really tough," Damjanovic said.

"This is my seventh or eighth season in the ACL and I know how Korean players can adapt in any weather conditions, game or situation.

"My team now is really good. I have quality, runners, fighters and really good technical players.

"It's really easy to play when you have everything in one team."

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