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Vietnam wary of Harimau Malaya's sudden rich vein of form

Last update: 09/10/2019
HANOI, Oct 9 -- Vietnam head coach Park Hang Seo today admitted that he was surprised with Malaysia's rich vein of form in the past 10 months since both teams last met in the 2018 AFF Cup final last December.

In that match, Vietnam was crowned champions in front of their fanatic fans at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi with a 3-2 aggregate win after defeating Tan Cheng Hoe’s boys 1-0 in the final return-leg.

Admitting that Malaysia was now at a different level, the 60-year-old South Korean coach said he would not be able to tell if his side could pull of the same result when both side lock horns in the Group G match of the Round Two 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifiers tomorrow.

“We have prepared every sector in the team and honestly I don’t give too much attention on previous achievements because the past is the past and we have to focus and move on.

“And I can tell that I can’t be 100 percent sure that we are going to beat Malaysia tomorrow but we still need to try our best,” he told reporters during the pre-match press conference at the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) headquarters here, today.

Commenting on his European-based players, Hang Seo said Cong Phuong, who plays as striker for the Belgian club Sint-Truidenwas was ready to start tomorrow’s match.

Meanwhile, Van Hau, who plays with Heerenveen in the Netherlands, has not fully recovered from jet lag.

Malaysia have one victory, two draws and seven losses in their previous 10 meetings against Vietnam.

Malaysia now sits in third place with three points while Vietnam is fourth with one point after their 0-0 draw against Thailand in their opening group match.


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