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Glory CEO excited by ACL draw

Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata says the club is excited about the prospect of coming up against strong opposition in the Asian Champions League.


"It's sensational, it's what the aim has been since we got here (to make Champions League), and we've made it!" Pignata told Sports Breakfast.


Reigning premiers plate winners Perth Glory have been drawn in Group F of the Asian Champions League where they will face off against former full-back Jason Davison's Ulsan Hyundai, Shanghai Shenua and a yet to be named qualifier.


"Shanghai and Ulsan are very good teams and big clubs in Asia, and then we've potentially got FC Tokyo - runners up in the J-League - which makes a thrilling series."


"Last night (the draw) was the fun stuff, now the nightmare begins with the logistics, balancing travel for away games - we've got a trip to Asia, then away to Brisbane, then away to Newcastle and then Ulsan, all in two and a bit weeks! So we've got try and balance that and the squad, and the players that will play in Asia and Australia - we've got to manage the roster - but we bought the roster on always thinking about the Champions League as well."


Glory are currently sitting 7th on the table, and while Pignata isn't ecstatic about their place, he's confident they will continue on their winning ways after defeating Melbourne City 3-0


"We wanted to be undefeated after eight rounds! But I think last week's game against City turned the corner for us, and now we've got three of four at home, so if we can pick up maximum points in those games we'll be right up there. The aim is always to make Champions League and get home finals and we're still confident we can achieve that by the end of the season."


Perth take on the Western Sydney Wanderers at HBF Park this Saturday at 6.45pm local time.


IMAGE: Perth Glory


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