Malaysia Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are currently undergoing preseason training in Dubai and they are without doubt ‘doing things the JDT way’ in the Emirates.
Though the domestic season in Malaysia will only get underway on February 28, JDT will be back in action as early as February 12 when they take on J1 League outfit Vissel Kobe in their group stage opener of AFC Champions League 2020 in Japan.
They will then host Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande at the brand new Sultan Ibrahim Larkin Stadium in Johor on February 19 before the domestic league opener against Kedah FA which will also serve as the one-off Piala Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah tie on February 28.
And the preparations have been in full flow in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the Southern Tigers facing five oppositions during their two-week stay in Dubai.
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JDT has faced Latvian side Riga FC on January 20 and is taking on UAE Pro-League’s Al Fujairah SC on Thursday. They will also face the Turkmenistan national team on January 26, Slovakia’s MSK Zilina on January 29 and Emirates FC on January 30.
However, the thing that has recently grabbed the eyeballs of the internet is a video shared by the club on their social media handles showing their players and staff arriving for training at the Sevens in Dubai in a string of fancy and expensive supercars.
The six-time consecutive Malaysia Super League champions are not doing their usual pre-season in Thailand like they have done in seasons past because of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship currently being held there.
Instead, JDT has gone a little further than accustomed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) being the destination and they will be continuing their preparations with five friendly matches there.
Riga FC (20 Jan), Al Fujairah (23 Jan), Turkmenistan (26 Jan), MSK Zilina (29 Jan) and Emirates FC (30 Jan) concludes a two-week training stint in the Middle East.
Obviously being Dubai at this time of the year which coincides with the winter break in almost all of the European leagues means that JDT was able to arrange matches with teams who are also preparing in UAE.
While 10 other teams in the Super League will only play their first competitive match at the end of February, JDT alongside Kedah have to get their players fit and ready for a much earlier time of the month.
A trip to Kobe to play Vissel on 12 February awaits, with that match against the 2019 Emperor’s Cup winners kicking off JDT’s campaign in the AFC Champions League group stage for the second straight year.
Before JDT could even think about playing Kedah in the opening Super League match on 28 February, The Southern Tigers have the small matter of Guangzhou Evergrande visiting Sultan Ibrahim Stadium on 19 February.
With only the inclusion of Liridon Krasniqi to the otherwise unchanged first-team squad, the onus is on Benjamin Mora and his coaches to focus more on fitness rather than building up on-pitch understandings.
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