2020 AFC U23 Championship qualification

Coach Park satisfied but urges Vietnam U23s to try harder

Saturday, 2019-03-23 14:33:50
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Coach Park Hang-seo (C) pleased with Vietnam U23s’ first victory. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO – Coach Park Hang-seo has expressed his satisfaction with Vietnam U23s’ performance in their thumping 6-0 win over Brunei U23s in their opener at the 2020 AFC U23 Championship Qualifier - Group K, on March 22.

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Speaking at a press conference following the emphatic victory at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium last night, Park was pleased with his players but urged them to play better in the two remaining matches of the qualifiers against Indonesia U23s and Thailand U23s for a ticket to the finals.

“I feel satisfied with this victory, even though the players were not at their best. I appreciate the team's efforts. The players have followed the intentions of the coaching team, however, Vietnam U23s still have to try more,” Park said.

"In the match, we used long balls from both wings. This was a new experience for my players, although I think myself and the players do not like this kind of long ball. The most effective way of playing for Vietnam U23s at present is a quick adaptation on a narrow range, to take advantage of the agility and technique of the Vietnamese players,” the Korean tactician stated.

Also in the match, the 60-year-old coach had to make a rather risky decision to field defender Dinh Trong. The Hanoi FC midfielder is still in the process of returning from injury and has not fully reached 100% fitness. “Regarding Dinh Trong's case, I carefully considered after talking with the health staff, then decided to give Trong the opportunity to play for 45 minutes. I wanted him to enter the field to quickly prepare for the next matches against Indonesia and Thailand,” explained Park.

Commenting on the remaining two rivals in Group K, Park admitted that Vietnam U23s will certainly face many difficulties. He said Thailand and Indonesia have brought strong squads to these qualifiers, with many players with good technique.

Park confirmed that his team will give everything in the match against Indonesia U23s, aiming for a ticket to the final tournament.

Vietnam thrashed Brunei 6-0 to climb to top position of Group K, thanks to their better goal difference to second place Thailand, who beat Indonesia 4-0 in the earlier match.