“Indonesia is a dangerous opponent. They have a lot of young players to play for a long time. However, Vietnam is still the strongest opponent we all know about their quality,” Thirath said. Quoted from coach Alexander Polkin after the draw AFC Cup 2022.
Vietnam is not in the same group as Thailand. The two strongest teams in Southeast Asian football can only meet through the group stage.
Vietnam must contend for a spot in a group of Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Laos. Meanwhile, Thailand will face knockout winners from Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia and Brunei and East Timor. Group A is considered more competitive than Group B.
“The title defense won’t be any different, even at home and away, but the coaching staff has to work harder.”Coach Polkin said.
“We will work closely with the Thai Football Association and the head of delegation. The team needs to assess the competitiveness of domestic and foreign players. Some of our pillars are playing in Thailand. Japan such as Chanathip, Supachok and Chaoowwat. We will review the J-League schedule, Get the best players into the team.” Mr Polkin added.
Thailand will be without Chanathip Songkrasin in the 2022 AFF Cup. “Thailand Messi” decided not to play with the Thai team and took time off. The star said he was showing signs of overload after playing for a long time in a row and needed a period of complete rest to avoid injury.
Thailand is the defending champion of the AFC Cup. In the match held at the end of last year, Coach Polkin’s teachers and students defeated Vietnam 2-0 on aggregate in the semifinals (a 2-0 win in the first leg and a 0-0 draw in the return leg). This was the most tragic loss since coach Park Hengrui led the Vietnam team. South Korean leaders are determined to retake the Southeast Asian throne from this rival.