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Thai media: Thailand U22 will conquer SEA Games like Spain became the World Cup champion

Thai media: Thailand U22 will conquer SEA Games like Spain became the World Cup champion

Despite being defeated by Indonesia U22 in the first game of 30 SEA Games, Thai people stayed the positive thinking about their chance to secure the gold medal. They also link the similarities between the situation of Thailand U22 with other champions in the past.

According to team manager Akira Nishino, losing against Indonesia U22 in the first fixture in the 30th SEA Games is a disappointing result, but it is not the end.

Thailand U22 still has four remaining matches versus Brunei, Singapore, Laos, and Vietnam. So far they will qualify if they win all those games, which is possible at the moment.

Agreeing with him, Thai people also think their U22 team can be the champion again. Moreover, Thai media also compare the current situation of Thailand U22 with other world-class great teams in the past.

For example, in 2010 World Cup, the Spain national football team had a poor start by losing on a 0-1 defeat to Switzerland. However, after that, they won game after game to become the champion.

Besides that, Brazil in 2017 Copa America, Netherlands in 1988 EURO and Chile in 2016 Copa America experienced the same journey.

However, the Thailand U22 team's circumstance is not as bright as their supporters think. Currently, they are suffering from many disadvantages.

The first is the lack of possible players. Head coach Nishino brought just 20 players to the Philippines to compete in SEA Games, and he thinks those are good enough. But after the first match, he admitted that using over-age players helps teams have great advantages.

The second is Thai players find it difficult to play at artificial turf ground. In the match against Indonesia U22, they hardly launched any effective attack.