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DEGRADATION? Story behind Park Hang Seo's target at AFC U23 Championship

DEGRADATION? Story behind Park Hang Seo's target at AFC U23 Championship

Despite being the runners-up at the last competition, Park Hang Seo said that the main goal for his team was to advance to the quarter-finals.

Compared to the team that competed at the AFC U23 Championship two years ago, the current squad of Vietnam U23 was slightly weaker.

Moreover, they found it too hard to do a miracle again, when they repeatedly defeated many strong teams namely Australia, Iraq, and Qatar to advance to the final match.

As a result, coach Park Hang Seo said that his goal in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship was just to advance to the quarter-finals, not to qualify for the Olympics men's football event.

It seemed that Park's goals showed degradation of Vietnamese football at the moment, however, the South Korean tactician had his reasons to say that. At this competition, Vietnam U23 was drawn into Group D with North Korea, Jordan, and UAE.

They need to gain at least 4 points against those opponents before thinking about the knock-out stage. After that, they will face one of two leading teams at Group C, which will be likely Uzbekistan or South Korea.

While Uzbekistan U23 is the defending champion of the tournament, beating Vietnam at the last competition to win the title, South Korea is too strong for the Vietnam team to resist. Park knew about that, and he did not pressure his players.