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Malaysia coach worry about the Vietnam's counter-attack play

Malaysia coach worry about the Vietnam's counter-attack play

Coach Tan Cheng Hoe requires the players to play with great confidence, while also guarding the counter-defense style of Park Hang-seo and his team.

On the evening of October 7th, the Malaysian team had their first training session in Vietnam to prepare for the confrontation on My Dinh Stadium on October 10th. Coach Tan Cheng Hoe aims to win 3 points away from home to reach beneficial results in the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier (AFC).

Sharing with Bernama before he left for Vietnam, the Malaysian strategist said: "Facing Vietnam is not an easy task. However, I ask the players to play with great confidence and focus on getting good results to benefit the following rounds".

"We have to be careful with the fast-moving defensive style of Vietnamese players. Playing at My Dinh Stadium does not bring too many obstacles. Malaysia used to play under the pressure of many supporters, especially at home Bukit Jalil", he added.

The Malaysian squad against Vietnam this time has the appearance of 4 foreign-origin bridges. In addition to Mohamadou Sumareh, the player is not far from the Vietnamese fans, coach Tan Cheng Hoe also summoned Brendan Gan in the midfield, La’Vere Corbin-Ong and Matthew Davies in the defense.

"Now Malaysia has a different squad and plays with a new style of play. The players are more confident every time they hold the ball. This will be a difficult game because Vietnam is having a better performance than us. But now is the new age of Malaysian football. We just need to play hard and hope it will help the whole team to achieve good results", midfielder Brendan Gan was confident before the match at My Dinh Stadium.

On the evening of October 5th, Tan Cheng Hoe's army had a momentum running with a 6-0 victory over Sri Lanka in a friendly match. The Malaysian tactician also confirmed that Sumareh's absence in this match was not due to injury.