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Park Hang Seo and secrets behind the Dark Arts of Mourinho's Asian version

Park Hang Seo and secrets behind the Dark Arts of Mourinho's Asian version

The red card given in the final match of the 30th SEA Games men's football event is just one of many same points between the Korean coach and The Special One.

Even the most loyal Vietnamese fans could not remember how many times coach Park Hang Seo was booked by referees since he took his role as manager of the Vietnam national football team.

In contrast to the friendly smile, Park was always aggressive in every match he guided. It is exactly what The Special One Jose Mourinho did in his whole career. From Park and Mourinho's point of view, a football game is not just a game. It is a battle that they have to win at all costs.

Park Hang Seo and secrets behind the Dark Arts of Mourinhos Asian version

As a result, they can do anything, even dirty plays, to secure the victory. Both Park and Mourinho are ready to constantly complain to referees to pressure them as well as protect the players.

In the past, Mourinho used to be banned because of criticizing referees, but it helped him achieve Serie A title after that. So far for Park, a red card is fine if his team becomes the champion of SEA Games. In other words, he sacrificed himself to the success of his team.

However, before winning, you should learn how to avoid defeat. To do it, you must not concede any goals. To keep a clean sheet match, you need to defend well. It is the root of Mourinho's philosophy, which makes him sometimes be called the enemy of sexy football.

Park Hang Seo and secrets behind the Dark Arts of Mourinhos Asian version

But The Special One proved that it is one of the basic rules to win the titles through his career. Like him, Park built Vietnam national football team from the revolution at the defense system.

Before Park's era, Vietnam has always played with two central defenders for 20 years. That old use made Golden Stars' defense system easy to be beaten by the opponents' attackers.

Park realized it right after he worked with the team, so he used three centre-backs to defend in most games. That tactic has shown an outstanding result that made fairytales for Vietnamese football. The proof is in the match against Indonesia U22, Young Garuda hardly had a dangerous attack.

Park Hang Seo and secrets behind the Dark Arts of Mourinhos Asian version

Finally, the most important similarity between Mourinho and Park is they are warm-hearted men. Park may not cry for players as Mourinho did when The Special One left Inter, but what he did is more than words.

Last year, a Vietnamese player revealed that Park massaged his feet to help him relax after an exhausting training day. He also regularly appeared in selfie pictures with players, even treated them as his sons.

Consequently, it is not a surprise if Vietnamese players are ready to fight for Park, as Sneijder said about Mourinho: "If he tells me to kill someone, I will do it, definitely".