Fox Sports Asia page pointed out the comments that Vietnam deserves to be crowned in this year’s tournament.
In any major international tournament, one will see that the simple reason behind the success of teams is teamwork, but not every team can show it on the pitch or throughout. the whole tournament.
However, Vietnam has overcome this special barrier easily at this year’s AFF Suzuki Cup thanks to the ingenious training of Mr. Park Hang Seo. The “golden dragons” (media nickname for Vietnam-PV Tel) is one of the few teams that does not depend much on individual performances and always wins with a collective spirit.
Right from the start of this season, many predict that the defending champions Thailand will once again lift the trophy, especially when they win 7-0 against East Timor. However, the more he played, the more Thailand showed a decline, and eventually had to stop in the Semifinals.
What Thailand and the Philippines do not have then Vietnam is recruited. In the tournament lasting more than 1 month, Vietnam has kept the stability at the highest level. In 8 matches, the students of the Korean military were unbeaten, won 6, drew 2 and culminated in them lifting their second AFF Suzuki Cup title.
“ Fierce” Midfielder ready to “explode”
Thailand and other teams only depend on one or two attacking stars, while Vietnam has entire midfielders ready to “explode”. Most notably, Nguyen Anh Duc – this veteran striker was a big surprise in the AFF Cup 2018 when he scored 4 goals, including a super product in the final leg against Malaysia.
According to Fox Sports Asia, despite being 33 years old, when entering the field, Anh Duc’s play can completely bring the goal to the opponent. An example given is that in the group stage match between Vietnam Tel and Malaysia Tel, although only 31% of the ball, but when the “golden dragon” appeared, they also scored.
The unbreakable Defender
Vietnam is one of the few teams, or perhaps the only team that has the perfect balance between attack and defense.
In 8 matches at the AFF Cup, the students of Coach Park Hang Seo only conceded 4 goals and were the team with the most impressive defensive record. With 3-5-2 or 3-4-3, defense and midfield between Vietnam always know how to coordinate to neutralize the opponent’s attacks.
Looking at the journey of Vietnam football team, it reminds people of the famous saying of Sir Alex Ferguson: “ Attacking helps you win, and defending helps you win the title ”.
The strongest in Southeast Asia
Thailand and the Philippines are the “heavy” candidates at this year’s AFF Cup. If Thailand had won two previous tournaments, the Philippines would have a world-class multinational player and coach.
However, the fact shows that Vietnam is the strongest team in Southeast Asia according to FIFA rankings for a long time. Up to now, Vietnam has had an unbeaten chain for nearly 2 years, the best achievement in the current international arena.
With available resources combined with the great guidance of Coach Park Hang Seo, Vietnam has overcome the 10-year failure in the AFF Cup.