Muscat is just stubbin campaigner when it comes to the ACL he just wont adjust to the patient structural defend counter style needed to advance in the ACL. I bet if poppa was coaching us with the talent we have it'll be a different story.
With Sydney FC losing last night both Melbourne and Sydney can't pass the group stages now.
poor poor showing by the Aussie clubs the past four campaigns has shows how far behind we have gone to the rest of the powerful Asian countries.
I think there needs to come a point where we need to decide as a league/football nation whether we treat this competition with importance or a nuisance which is just in the way.
tbh I think the whole competition needs a restructure too which will go a long way in decided whether we care for it or not. The UCL style groups stages to me hasn't captured the regions interest as much as it should be. So if it stays that way can't see getting the relevance it deserves.
The Idea of going back to a straight two legged knockout format would probably be more exciting but probably will capture less interest especially once our teams go out in say the first or second rounds.
The other idea that was floating around was the ACL hold the group stages in a neutral country over two weeks/three weeks than revert back to the normal two legged knock phase. Sounds very innovative and intriguing, At first I though it was a bad idea but thinking about I feel it could work. The only problem is that it will disrupt domestic competitions that leagues need to work around. I think it could be a winner. Than again would we care either way.