The coach of the Indonesian U-23 national team, Shin Tae-yong, is optimistic that his squad will be able to win over Vietnam in the Group A match of the men’s soccer match at the SEA Games 2021, Friday (6/5). However, he admits the quality of the opponent is better.
“In terms of ability, I admit that Vietnam is better. However, our performance continues to improve along with the presence of players playing abroad,” Shin said, quoted from PSSI’s statement, Thursday (5/5).
The man from South Korea continued, Vietnam has indeed surpassed Indonesia, especially in the last five years. Indonesia has not been able to beat Vietnam in both the U-23 and senior age groups.
Most recently, in the 2020 AFF Cup, Indonesia drew 0-0 with Vietnam. In the U-23 sector, at the last meeting in the 2019 SEA Games men’s soccer final, Indonesia lost 0-3.
However, now the situation is not the same. Indonesia came to the 2021 SEA Games with a row of young players who brought the Garuda squad to the final of the AFF Cup 2020. In addition, Indonesia is now strengthened by players who migrated abroad, namely Egy Maulana, Witan Sulaeman, Saddil Ramdani, Elkan Baggott, and Asnawi Mangkualam. . This also made Shin Tae-yong less worried about the full support of the home crowd during the match.
“The opposing team may benefit more from the presence of spectators. However, if we work hard, luck will definitely come to us. We will do everything to get points,” said Shin.
The first match of the Indonesian U-23 National Team in Group A of the 2021 SEA Games men’s football against Vietnam will take place on Friday (6/5) at the Viet Tri Stadium, Phu Tho, starting at 19.00 WIB. After that, Indonesia will face Timor Leste on 10 May 2022, the Philippines on 13 May 2022 and Myanmar on 15 May 2022. (Ant/OL-15)