SEA Games: Coach Park Hang-seo cautious ahead of Brunei clash

Monday, 2019-11-25 10:01:25
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Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo (third from left) joins the coaches of five other Group B teams at the press conference on Sunday.
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NDO – Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo has shown caution ahead of their Group B opener against Brunei at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on November 25, despite his side being considered the favourites for the full three points.

“Vietnam U22s met Brunei once previously at the 2020 AFC U23 Championship qualifiers. We will be careful and will make the best possible preparations to achieve the best result,” Park told reporters during a press conference held on Sunday for the SEA Games men’s football tournament in the Philippines.

According to the Republic of Korea tactician, Group B is highly competitive, with the presence of six teams, one more than Group A.

“Group B has one team more than Group A, so it is very difficult to maintain fitness. In a group with many strong opponents, such as Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, the schedule of one match every two days will bring a lot of surprise. We will try to rotate the squad to attain the best results.”

On the afternoon of November 24, Vietnam U22s had a training session at Laguna’s Binan Football Stadium to get familiar with the artificial turf there in preparation for their opening Group B clash against Brunei.

Coach Park Hang-seo reminds the players of their plans before entering the session.

Assistant coach Lee Young-jin explains Park’s requirements for the training session to the players, while asking for their maximal concentration to be best prepared for the upcoming match.

Vietnam U22s bring three goalkeepers to the Philippines. However, the 20-player list registered to the organising committee features only two goalies, Bui Tien Dung and Nguyen Van Toan.

The session takes place in a spirit of high concentration and seriousness.

The tight schedule of five games in 10 days in the group stage has forced Park to make thorough calculations concerning the use of players to both achieve the best results and ensure strength for the whole SEA Games title race.