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Myanmar U22 team coach: "Except Messi and Ronaldo, we can prevent any player"

Myanmar U22 team coach:

Speaking ahead of the semi-finals, manager Velizar Popov said his players were not afraid of Osvaldo Haay. There were various things to block him, but other Indonesian players also were threats.

Myanmar U22 qualified for the semi-finals as the leading of Group A with ten points in four matches. However, they were not appraised as high as the opponent Indonesia U22.

In the group stage, the Young Garuda team beat Thailand U22 to advance to the knock-out stage. One of their impressive players is the striker Osvaldo Haay.

Currently, he topped the SEA Games men's football's Golden Boot list with seven goals. As a result, before kicking off the match, many reporters wanted to know how Myanmar U22 players can do to stop Osvaldo Haay.

Answering about that, coach Velizar Popov said: "There are only two players that cannot prevent in any situation. Ronaldo and Messi, and they do not compete at the SEA Games".

"Except for them, we can stop any players. Osvaldo Haay is a threat for us, of course, but Indonesia U22 also has many other good players. We should have possible methods to beat all of them instead of marking Haay alone".

After dominating Group A to advance to the knock-out stage, Myanmar U22 hopes that they will conquer the SEA Games men's football for the first time.

It is a very difficult task, but they can dream about a miracle. Four years ago, Myanmar defeated Vietnam in the semi-final match, and they can do better this time.