Hot Trend:coronavirusFIFA World Cup

Nishino reveal Thailand U23's plan to reach quarterfinals

Nishino reveal Thailand U23's plan to reach quarterfinals

After a dreadful match against Australia U23, Akira Nishino and his players will have to conquer a hard task named Iraq U23 in order to advance to the next stage.

The Japanese head coach has called on his Thailand U23 players to raise the bar once again as they go in search of the one point to enter the knockout phase.

Nishino reveal Thailand U23s plan to reach quarterfinals

Upon being asked at the press conference, Akira Nishino said that “the team has done better than I expected, after overseeing our preparations for the tournament”.

He relieved all the pressure off the players, saying that “As of now, we only have three points but I believe that the players are doing their absolute best. Perhaps more than that, the players are challenging themselves. They are identifying their own weaknesses and improving them".

The team will certainly asset the situation, as their two firing guns Supachai Chaided and Suphanat Mueanta were forced off due to injuries. Their appearances at the next match will be much needed, as the substituted are not quality enough, leading to their loss against Australia U23.

Nishino reveal Thailand U23s plan to reach quarterfinals

But in no doubt, Thailand U23 will look ready and willing for the match. The head coach has said: “For the next game which will decide whether we go through or not, we will in all likelihood focus on improving once again. Of course, we have to assess the fitness and recovery levels of the players but we will do our utmost to be ready for the game.”

As for their opponent, Iraq U23 head coach Abdulghani Shahad has described the match to be “decisive” and wanted to avoid “repeating all the mistakes that were committed in our first two matches”

A draw will help Thailand U23 advance to the next stage, whereas their opponent Iraq U23, the next match is a must-win if they want to proceed at the competition.

Nishino reveal Thailand U23s plan to reach quarterfinals

The match between Thailand U23 and Iraq U23 will be played at 21:15 pm (GMT+8) at the Rajamangala Stadium