Manchester: Jose Luis Sierra’s Al Ittihad have begun their training camp in Manchester, England with focus on the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 tie against Islamic Republic of Iran’s Zobahan FC in August.
Luis Sierra, who took over from Slaven Bilic in February, steered the club out of the relegation zone to finish 10th in the domestic league but the Saudi Arabia club have performed especially well on the continental front.
The Tigers advanced into the knockout rounds of the 2019 AFC Champions League when they took second spot in Group B behind United Arab Emirates’ Al Wahda, to book a Round of 16 clash against Zobahan FC.
The team travelled to Manchester on Thursday for centralised training before resuming 2019 AFC Champions League duties in the first week of August.
Al Ittihad have bolstered their team with summers signings of Abdulellah Al Malki, Hamdan Al Shammari and Abdulrahman Al-Obood.
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— نادي الاتحاد السعودي (@ittihad) July 4, 2019
Having last tasted continental glory in 2005, the two-time AFC Champions League winners will be aiming to relive past highs when they face an undefeated Zobahan in the first leg of the Round of 16 on August 5 with the return leg a week later.
The winners of the tie will go on to face either Al Ahli or Al Hilal, who clash in an all-Saudi Round of 16 tie, in the quarter-finals.
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