21 Feb 2022 | 22:55 | Football
1. Hold your ticket to the semi-finals
After a big win against Singapore, U23 Vietnam is leading Group C when over Thailand in sub-index. Along with Cambodia’s sudden loss to Timor Leste in Group A, the door to the semi-finals of coach Dinh The Nam’s army was more open than ever. As long as you don’t lose to the War Elephants with a difference of more than 7 goals, the ticket to continue is definitely in the hands of the Gold Star Warriors.
With almost entering the group of 4 strongest teams, the red shirt army will bring a comfortable mentality before the match against the representative from the land of the golden temple. Dung Quang Nho and his teammates can compete confidently and fairly against Thailand U23 with the goal of defeating the opponent to win the first place in the group. This is also an opportunity for the players to continue to score points in the eyes of coach Park Hang-seo for the hope of attending the 31st SEA Games.
2. Thailand U23 is not strong
Thailand U23’s performance before against Singapore showed that they are not too strong. It was a match where the Elephants didn’t play very well in the first 45 minutes and let the team from the Lion Island nation take the lead. By the second half, with the opponent’s strength due to a lack of personnel due to COVID-19, coach Salvador Garcia made adjustments thereby helping Thailand U23 make a comeback.
This is a tournament where the team from the land of the golden temple only brings players from the U19 age group to attend with the goal of rubbing. Therefore, with the young players, Thailand U23 is still very inexperienced and not too ominous. Just by playing with the right strength and keeping the necessary concentration, Mr. Dinh The Nam’s teachers and students can completely bring home victory.
Shortage of personnel
In recent days, COVID-19 is an invisible opponent to U23 Vietnam. Until February 21, the whole team has recorded 11 infections and 3 cases are F1 . In the training session to prepare for the match with Thailand, only nearly two-thirds of the players attended. During the test on the morning of February 22, 5 new cases were recorded. Currently, the red shirt army only has 11 names eligible to play, including 2 goalkeepers.
With the above situation, the Vietnam Football Federation has decided to add 6 replacement players. Those are the faces of Phan Tuan Tai, Dinh Quy, Vu Dinh Hai, Huynh Tien Dat, Nguyen Thanh Nhan and Tran Bao Toan. In which, 4 faces are on their way to Cambodia by road and are expected to promptly attend the match against Thailand. The remaining 2 names will fly to Phnom Penh on the afternoon of February 22. Hopefully, U23 Vietnam still has enough personnel for the upcoming battle against the War Elephants.