Park Hang-seo: “Iran the strongest, but Vietnam will overcome”

Friday, 2019-01-11 21:51:19
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Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo shows great confidence ahead of their clash with Iran on January 12.
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NDO – Despite admitting that Iran are currently the strongest team in Asia, coach Park Hang-seo has expressed his belief that his Vietnamese side could conquer this challenge when the two teams meet in their second Group D clash at the 2019 Asian Cup on January 12.

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The Golden Dragons suffered a regrettable 2-3 defeat against Iraq in their opening group match a few days ago, after a late gasp by Ali Adnan Kadhim in the last minute secured the West Asian representatives a come-from-behind win.

Given this fact, a positive result against heavyweights Iran tomorrow will be much needed to help Park’s troops foster their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage of the continental showpiece.

Addressing a pre-match press conference on January 11, the Republic of Korea coach stated that despite being technically inferior to the Iranian side, any coaches have their own preparations. He affirmed he had already made the necessary preparations in order to help Vietnamese “warriors” stand firm against pressure.

“Carlos Queiroz has been leading Iran for nearly a decade. It is known to me that he is clever, creative and experienced. Obviously at present, compared to any teams in Asia, Iran are the strongest,” Park said.

“Iran are technically and tactically strong. They may be more experienced, but we have youth power. With a high level of concentration and determination, I believe that my players will be able to overcome this challenge. We are a little bit disappointed at the last-minute goal conceded against Iraq. However, the whole team still showed bright spots in that match. Now we just focus on the upcoming clash with Iran”.

Vietnam midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai at the press conference.

During the press conference, Vietnamese midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai affirmed that he and teammates are now ready for tomorrow’s game.

“I myself and the whole team are in a good mood at present. We are making final preparations for the upcoming match against Iran. Undeniably, Iran are strong opponents, but this doesn’t mean that we do not have any chances. We are under no pressure up to date. I and my teammates will try our best to produce surprises for the opposite side”.