Jakarta () – Indonesia national team coach Shin Tae-yong is optimistic about his squad's seventh match in Group G of World Cup Qualification 2022 Asia area of Dubai, Monday (7/6) evening local time.
Quoted from PSSI's statement in Jakarta, Monday, The South Korean tactician said his foster children were in a confident condition after successfully holding Thailand to a draw 2-2 in the previous game.
“In the match against Thailand, all the players are very hard working. It makes them confident,” said Shin.
Nevertheless, Shin Tae-yong realized Vietnam was a tough team to beat. Currently, Vietnam ranked first in Group G without a single defeat.
“From the game organization side, Vietnamese is very good. I've seen their match. Vietnam has a balanced strength in attack and defense,” forever Shin.
Indonesian national team attacking midfielder Egy Maulana Vikri also admitted that the national team had high confidence after the match against Thailand.
Egy also ensures that every name in the Garuda squad is ready to fight on the field when they face Vietnam later.
“Everyone in the team will definitely give their best. We hope to get positive results,” ungkap One.
At the first meeting in Group G of the World Cup Qualifiers 2022 Asian zone held in Bali, Indonesia is defeated 1-3 from Vietnam.
The records of the two teams meeting at least since the year 2001 shows that Indonesia is dominant over Vietnam. In that span of time, Garuda squad only lost twice to Vietnam.
However, in the last four years Vietnamese football has progressed rapidly. Main factor, namely the appointment of South Korean coach Park Hang-seo.
At level U-23, he led Vietnam to the final of the U-23 Asian Cup 2018 and won the SEA Games men's soccer gold medal 2019. other than that, Park also managed to bring the Vietnam national team to win the AFF Cup 2018 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup 2019.
Indonesia's match against Vietnam will be the first chance for Shin Tae-yong and Park Hang-seo to meet as coaches in the national team.