Soccer: J-League teams set for tough Asian Champions League schedule

Managers of the three Japanese clubs contesting the Asian Champions League said Saturday they are bracing for a punishing schedule when the tournament’s East Zone resumes play following a roughly nine-month suspension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.The East Zone teams will play a tightly condensed slate of matches to complete the group stage from mid-November to mid-December, with FC Tokyo, Vissel Kobe and Yokohama F Marinos leading their respective groups after two games.The final is scheduled for Dec. 19, the last match day of the J-League season, raising the possibility of the Japanes…

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