I have grasped Thailand’s weak points, says Park Hang-seo

Monday, 2019-11-18 17:20:41
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Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo speaks at the press conference on November 18. (Photo: VFF)
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NDO – Ahead of the Thailand showdown on matchday six of the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers round two, Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo has affirmed that he has grasped the opponents’ weak points and will thoroughly exploit them in the upcoming clash.

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Vietnam concluded the first leg of the World Cup qualification last week with an emphatic 1-0 home win over the United Arab Emirates on November 14, which sent them to the top of Group G with 10 points, three clear of Thailand.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Park highlighted the importance of the Thailand encounter at Hanoi’s My Dinh National Stadium on November 19, asking his players to stay optimally focused for the game.

“This will be the last match of the Vietnamese team in 2019. I know the significance of the clash, and so do the players. They are aware of the expectations from local fans. I see the determination in their eyes. But I admit that they are under tension. I want them to stay focused, and until now all are in the best condition,” the Republic of Korea tactician told reporters.

Taking about the Thai opponents, Park stated that he and his partners have worked out the War Elephants’ weak points and are now ready for the Tuesday encounter.

“Tomorrow’s game is very important, so I can’t share exactly what we have prepared for it here. However, I can say for sure that we have discovered some weak points of Thailand through their defeat against Malaysia.”

Responding to queries on the form of his players, Park expressed his faith in Cong Phuong’s scoring against Thailand, while affirming that midfielder Quang Hai is qualified enough to play in Japan.

“I strongly believe that Cong Phuong will shine and score goals if playing Thailand tomorrow. Meanwhile, if Chanathip can play in Japan, there is no reason that Quang Hai can’t. Whether Quang Hai plays football in Japan or not depends on his club. Quang Hai is not inferior to Chanathip at all. I would like to disclose that Quang Hai has received an invitation to play in a much higher-class league than J-League, La Liga in Spain.”

For his part, Thailand coach Akira Nishino admitted that he was under pressure ahead of the meeting with Vietnam.

“When playing on home turf, we feel more assured with the strong support from local fans. I admit suffering certain pressure when playing away against Vietnam.”

Thailand coach Akira Nishino at the press conference.

The Japanese tactician said he has followed Vietnamese football for a long period and highly appreciates the progress made by the Golden Dragons.

“I admire Vietnam’s recent form. They have beaten many strong opponents in the region. I think it’s great as regional football is competitive. As far as I am concerned, Vietnam and Thailand are archrivals in the region. Vietnamese football has helped Thailand learn a lot.”

On the same day, coach Park Hang-seo finalised the 23-man Vietnam team for the Thailand encounter tomorrow. Accordingly, he eliminated midfielder Huy Hung (Quang Nam FC) and centre back Huu Tuan (Ho Chi Minh City), and gave opportunities to Le Van Dai and Nguyen Trong Hung, who were not previously named in the Vietnamese squad for the UAE meeting on Nov. 14.

The 23-man Vietnamese squad for the Thailand showdown:

Goalkeeper (3): Dang Van Lam (Muangthong United), Nguyen Tuan Manh (Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN), Pham Van Cuong (Quang Nam FC)

Defender (6): Nguyen Thanh Chung (Hanoi FC), Do Duy Manh (Hanoi FC), Doan Van Hau (Heerenveen SC), Que Ngoc Hai (Viettel), Bui Tien Dung (Viettel), Le Van Dai (Thanh Hoa FC)

Midfielder (8): Vu Van Thanh (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Nguyen Phong Hong Duy (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Nguyen Tuan Anh (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Pham Duc Huy (Hanoi FC), Nguyen Quang Hai (Hanoi FC), Do Hung Dung (Hanoi FC), Nguyen Trong Hoang (Viettel), Nguyen Hoang Duc (Viettel)

Forward (6): Nguyen Van Toan (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Nguyen Cong Phuong (Sint Truidense), Nguyen Anh Duc (Becamex Binh Duong), Ha Minh Tuan (Quang Nam), Nguyen Tien Linh (Becamex Binh Duong), Nguyen Trong Hung (Thanh Hoa FC)