“It’d be nice” – Leigh Broxham comments on intriguing Asian Champions League...

“It’d be nice” – Leigh Broxham comments on intriguing Asian Champions League scenarios


On Thursday night, Melbourne Victory will know who they will face in the 2019 Asian Champions League when the group stage draw is conducted in Malaysia. 

There, Victory, as well as Big Blue rivals Sydney FC, will find out which of east Asia’s best they will take on.

Their opponents could come from Japan, China or South Korea, all the way down to Thailand and Malaysia.

Who both Victory and Sydney draw from the J-League will be of extra intrigue this time around with two particularly fascinating sub-plots on the cards.

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Goal machine Besart Berisha could meet A-League opposition again and even be dealt a reunion with his former Victory teammates.

His Sanfrecce Hiroshima side is odds-on to finish J1 in second, and in doing so clinch continental qualification.

If either of those situations does come to pass, one would hypothesise the Kosovan will receive a warm welcome in Melbourne, but quite the opposite in the harbour city, such was his standing as the perennial villain of choice.

Victory marquee man Keisuke Honda is looking at the prospect of a remarkable moment and what would be a milestone in his long and decorated playing career.

He has never competed against a J1 club, but seems almost certain to be doing so in 2019.

It seems the question will be who that team will be, rather than if Honda will square off against a side from his home nation.

Ahead of the draw, Victory stalwart Leigh Broxham shared his thoughts on the situation.

“It’d be nice to see Bes again and to be able to catch up with him, but other than that, you’re not really sweating on the draw wanting it to be him,” he said on Thursday’s Daily Football Show.

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“Going to Japan … Keisuke has 20, 30 people waiting for him after training and you see how big he is in Japan.

“It’d be great to see how people see him in Japan and how he’s perceived.

“We’re in Melbourne, Australia and half the Japanese contingency’s come out to see him already.

“It’ll be nice to see and nice to have a big game with Keisuke playing.”

Of the J1 teams, only champions Kawasaki Frontale have made a certainty of qualification.