The second leg of the Asian Champions League is upon us. The first leg ended 2-1 to Jeonbuk Motors but now the action switches to Al Ain on Saturday evening. Will the trophy head to South Korea or will it belong in the United Arab Emirates? Let's take a look at the big questions.
1. Can Al Ain stop Jeonbuk and Leonardo from scoring?
The South Koreans have plenty of firepower and are certainly capable of finding the net in Al Ain. The Motors have scored no less than 28 goals in the tournament so far, 10 more than their West Asian opponents.
Perhaps the most dangerous man in green is Leonardo. The Brazilian scored both goals in the first leg, coming to his team's rescue after the UAE squad had taken the lead. A 1-0 defeat at home would have been a huge obstacle to overcome.
But two goals in the space of seven second half minutes turned the first leg -- and perhaps the direction the trophy was heading -- around. First was a beautiful curling shot from the edge of the area that ended in the top corner.
Soon after Jeonbuk were awarded a penalty after Kim Shin-wook was pulled down in the area. Leonardo kept his cool in front of 40,000 fans to fire the ball home. It was his tenth goal of the tournament.
Much of the talk ahead of the final was focused on whether Jeonbuk would be able to stop Omar Abdulrahman but perhaps there should have been more thought on how to prevent Leonardo. He is a man for the big occasion.
2. Can Al Ain teammates help Omar?
In the first leg, Jeonbuk dealt with the problem posed by Omar Abdulrahman, Al Ain's playmaker, by detailing Choi Chul-soon, usually a right-back, as a defensive midfielder to mark him.
The UAE international, who turned down a move to Manchester City in 2012, didn't seem to like the close attention of his minder. He came more into the game in the second half as the visitors started to create chances.
Al Ain assistant coach Ahmed Abdullah has called for the rest of the team to give more help to the talented talisman.
“But football is not a game of one or two players, it’s a game of unity,” said the former international. “One player can solve many problems, but teamwork is more important than the player.
“We have many players from the UAE national team and other good foreign players, and we depend on teamwork more than the individual. Although I say Omar is the best, the others also compete with the opposition and if they give us 100%, I’m sure our team will be very strong.”
3. Can Lee Dong-gook add to his record?
The Lion King has scored 32 goals in the tournament so far, more than any other player. He did not add to that tally in his substitute appearance last week, though he did come close.
Of all his goals, none would be more important than number 33. As this is a tournament he has never won, it would be fitting if the 37-year-old were to score the goal that gives Jeonbuk a second continental crown.
Lee is unlikely to start but is an option in the second half especially if Jeonbuk are if need of a goal. He is not quite as mobile as in the old days but is deadlier than most in front of goal.
4. Can the locals be the 12th man?
Stadiums in the UAE are usually pretty empty for the league games, but Al Ain do better than most. The Hazza Bin Zayed stadium will be packed to the rafters for Saturday's game and the fan tifo, whatever it is, is going to be spectacular.
If 'The Boss' can give the supporters something to cheer, the atmosphere really could be off the charts. The coach has called for the fans to be the '12th man'. If they can rise to the occasion, Jeonbuk could be in for a tough time.
The team is likely to be inspired by the full house. The key is to not get too excited and be patient.
5. Will the training ground spat spur Jeonbuk on?
The Koreans left their trianing ground in Al Ain to go to Abu Dhabi. According to the Korean media, the conditions of the field that adjoins the Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, were well below-par.
The facility that the club wanted was not available until Thursday, so off the team went.
This is actually not that unusual in Asian soccer. Ahead of big games, there are often slights and issues, perceived and real. Jeonbuk is none too happy about the situation, however, and it could give the team more motivation, if that was needed, to give everything.