Persija Jakarta defender Tony Sucipto admitted that he was reluctant to think about the strength of PSIS Semarang even though it was filled with new players ahead of the 18th week of the 2021/2022 League 1 match.
Persija Jakarta will continue its struggle in Liga 1 2021/2022 against PSIS Semarang at the Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium, Gianyar, Bali, Thursday (6/1/2022).
Match week 18 is also as well as the opening of the second round of the League 1 this season.
With this, of course, Persija want to start the first round with good results.
Moreover, the team nicknamed the Kemayoran Tigers ahead of the second round has brought in six new players.
The new players are Ichsan Kurniawan, Samuel Christianson, Ahmad Bustomi, Makan Konate, Irfan Jauhari, and Ikhwan Ciptadi.
Likewise with PSIS Semarang who want to appear classy in League 1 this season.
The team nicknamed Laskar Mahesa Jenar brought in three new experienced players namely Flavio Beck Junior, Taufik Hidayat, and Rachmad Hidayat.
However, although PSIS will be strengthened with three new players, this does not make the Persija players afraid.
One of them, Tony Sucipto, admitted that he was reluctant to think about the strength of the new PSIS players.
According to him in the match against PSIS later it is best to keep playing optimally.
Playing focus from the start is the key for his team to be able to achieve maximum results in the match later.
For that, instead of worrying about the strength of the opposing team with new players, Persija ensured that they would continue to focus on working hard.
Of course this was done to be able to start the second round by getting the full three points.
“PSIS with new players is better, we are reluctant to think about PSIS, but we are thinking about our own team, focusing on the team for tomorrow,” said Tony Sucipto at a press conference attended by BolaSport.com, Wednesday (5/1/2022).
Tony Sucipto admitted that he and his colleagues are optimistic to face PSIS Semarang later.
Because Persija has made maximum preparations and the shortcomings in the first round have been corrected.
Therefore, the 35-year-old player is ready to help the team to be able to achieve maximum results later.
“The team’s preparations are going smoothly, all the players are ready, with the arrival of new players hopefully they can help the team,” he said.
Meanwhile, Persija must be able to get up immediately in this second round in order to crawl to the top position of the League 1 standings.
This is because Persija currently occupies the eighth position with 25 points from 17 matches that have been played.
Meanwhile, the opponent, PSIS, is currently in sixth position with 27 points.