Football

Get close first, get that shirt later

Hariss Harun's Johor Darul Ta'zim teammate, Luciano Figueroa, has asked him to get close to Carlos Tevez when Juventus take on a Singapore Selection tonight and come back with the Argentinian's jersey. 

Understandably, Hariss (top) is more focused on closing out the midfield during the 90 minutes at the new National Stadium, in what will be a chance to pit himself against some of the world's best players in the world. 

"Andrea Pirlo (above) is in a different class and Paul Pogba dominates the midfield. It's going to be a long, tough night," said the Singapore midfield star, of the task ahead of him tonight. 

"But it's a great opportunity to see how far we are behind these players who are among the best in the world.

"If you can do it against the best, you can do it against anyone else. 

"I'm looking forward to it." 

Hariss will try to complete the assignment given by Luciano, his Argentinian club teammate who has donned the famous sky blue and white alongside Tevez in the past, but football comes first. 

"I will see if I can get close to Tevez after the game, but more important to me is sticking close to them (the Juventus midfielders) throughout the 90 minutes," said the 23-year-old, who turned down a move to Portugal's Rio Ave last year, in favour of a move to Malaysian Super League giants Johor Darul Ta'zim. 

"Pirlo makes the ball seem like it's got a laser-guidance system, and it'll be difficult to do the simple things against Pogba with his physicality and his long legs," said Hariss.

"As an individual, I just want to hold my own, keep the ball, and do the basics well. It's a once in a lifetime chance to see where I stand."