Vietnam want three points from Thailand match at Asian Cup

SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2024

Diego Giustozzi wants not only one but three points when Vietnam play powerful Thailand at the AFC Futsal Asian Cup on April 21 in Bangkok.

After one win and one draw in Group A, Vietnam are in second place and needs one point from the last match to advance to the next stage. Meanwhile Thailand, with six points, leads the standings by a two-point margin over Vietnam and has already qualified.

Giustozzi, however, wants to give the hosts, one of the strongest continental rivals, a tough match with top spot in the group on the line.

“We will not aim to get one point, but to play to the best of our ability," he said.

"We can push the team to keep pressing on every play. This is risky because our opponent can fight back and score. However, we will have appropriate adjustments depending on the situation on the court.

"Thailand are a strong team, definitely. They have played futsal for many years and they are on home ground.

Vietnam want three points from Thailand match at Asian Cup

“They are a good team with good players. How do we overcome them? The only way is to limit their strong points. I am pretty sure that Thailand will apply open play in this match and I think it would be good for Vietnam. We prefer this style more than those who play low defence with a large number of players."

Giustozzi also acknowledged that his team’s attack, which is averaging just one goal per game, must improve.

“We created many opportunities but needed to be calmer with our final passes and shots. The results could have been better in the last two matches if we finished off our chances,” admitted Giustozzi.

“I think this is normal when you are playing in a World Cup qualifying tournament, where the pressure is high, but I hope the whole team will be calmer and finish their chances better against Thailand.”

Vietnam want three points from Thailand match at Asian Cup

After training on April 20, Giustozzi said his players were in a good mood and comfortable with the conditions. They all look forward to the next games and will try to do better than previously.

The Argentinean tactician also said physique was not a problem for Vietnam as they were the team with the best preparation.

Vietnam want three points from Thailand match at Asian Cup

Thailand head coach Miguel Rodrigo, however, will ensure his team is not sitting on their laurels ahead of the Southeast Asian derby and has only one target in mind.

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