Coach Park Hang-seo’s team lost to this same West Asian team with a score of 1-3 in the opening match. However, this time, the Vietnamese team will enter the match with a much more relaxed mentality.
In the first match of the 3rd qualifying round, the Vietnamese team is required to play closely, giving priority to defending against the superior opponent. But in this second leg match, coach Park Hang-seo’s team needs to actively play offensively and put pressure to surprise the opponent. The Vietnamese team has nothing to lose when the door to the 2022 World Cup finals seems to have closed and our current goal is to find the score.
Coach Park Hang-seo and the players are aiming for the first score
In the first leg against Saudi Arabia, Quang Hai scored very early to put the Vietnamese team ahead. If Duy Manh is not disqualified, no one knows what the outcome will be. Most recently in the match against the top Asian team, Japan, Coach Park Hang-seo approached the game more openly when arranging a high-kicking formation with a 3-5-2 formation that sometimes converted to 3-4-3. The players also showed confidence in coordination, possession and attack arrangement. Although the Vietnamese team still can’t surprise when they lose with the minimum score to Japan, there are positive things that have appeared in the home team’s proactive play.
From that, it can be seen that the Saudi Arabian team is more appreciated, but not without opportunities for the Vietnamese team. With a much more relaxed mentality in the previous encounter, the Korean coach may let the Vietnamese team enter the game more confidently and actively deploy the game.
One day after being present in Hanoi, the Saudi Arabian team had the first training session at Hang Day Stadium on the evening of November 13. Before facing the Vietnamese team on the evening of November 16, the team from West Asia will practice one more session at the home stadium of Hanoi Club before getting acquainted with the grass of My Dinh on November 15. In Group B, Saudi Arabia is the only team with an unbeaten record with 4 wins, 1 draw and is at the top of the table with 13 points, goal difference, and defeat is +5.