Vietnam’s national soccer team, facing South Korea for the first time in 59 years, recognized the South Korean team as “world-class. Head coach Philippe Troussier (France) and Do Duy Manh (Hanoi FC) both acknowledged the difference in power. However, they did not hide their determination to pull off an upset, saying that they had “prepared many strategies.”
Trucier and Do Doiman attended the official press conference prior to the exhibition match against South Korea at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Saturday and expressed their excitement for the match. South Korea is ranked 26th in the FIFA rankings, while Vietnam is ranked 95th. From Vietnam’s point of view, an exhibition match against South Korea, especially an away exhibition match, has a special significance.
“We are facing a top-class, world-class team, Korea,” said Trucier. However, we have prepared as much as we can to finish the game well.” “We are in the process of building a Vietnamese team. We’ve brought in new players, and the goal is to keep growing through this process. The goal is to build a team that can fight against the big teams next time.”
“Korean players are recognized in Europe, and they’ve leveled up so much that they’re classified as the best players. This is evidenced by the fact that they keep going to the World Cup. The basic skills of the players are improving every year, and there are promising young players coming up.” Twenty years ago, Trousier spent four years at the helm of Japan’s national team, competing in the Korea-Japan World Cup, and had frequent encounters with South Korea along the way. He can compare how far Korean soccer has come in 20 years.
“There are so many new players in the national team now,” says Trucier. I am very grateful that they can play against a strong team like South Korea. “This is why we organized this Asian tour,” he said, “because it will help us build our team, and all of this is an opportunity for growth. We will focus on maximizing this opportunity and building a learning process.”
Doduiman, who was also present at the press conference with Truchier, added: “Tomorrow’s match is going to be very difficult. “However, we have prepared a variety of strategies for tomorrow’s match, as they are recognized as a strong team not only in Asia but also in the world. We promise to do our best for the match.”메이저사이트
“All Vietnamese players are grateful for this opportunity,” added Do Duy Manh. They are proud to play with the Vietnamese flag on their jerseys. There are so many great athletes in Korea, many athletes playing in Europe. Korea and Japan are like leaders for Vietnamese athletes to have dreams and hopes. So I’m very grateful for that. We will try to build on this and get better,” he added.
Meanwhile, this will be the first time in 19 years that Korea and Vietnam have played an exhibition match since 2004. It will be 59 years since Vietnam traveled to South Korea for a friendly since 1965. South Korea leads the all-time series with 17 wins, five draws and two losses. South Korea will be looking to extend their winning streak to three matches in a row after defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Tunisia 4-0.
The following is a one-on-one interview with Trucier and Doduiman
- What are your thoughts on the match against South Korea?
Coach Trousier: “We are facing a strong team in Korea. We have prepared well to finish the game well. We prepared as much as we could against a top-class, world-class team. The most important thing is that we focused on what we didn’t do in the last two games. Vietnam are building their team, and they have new players. It’s a process of building a team step by step, and we prepared accordingly. The fundamental purpose is to continue to grow through this process. The goal is to continue to grow through this process and then play the big teams.”
Doduiman: “Of course, we expect tomorrow’s match to be very difficult. They are recognized as a strong team not only in Asia but also in the world. We have prepared different strategies for tomorrow’s match. We promise to do our best for the match.”
- What’s different about Korea now compared to when he coached the Japanese national team 20 years ago?
Coach Trousier: “The players are recognized in Europe. They’ve leveled up so much that they’re classified as the best players in Europe. The fact that they keep going to the World Cup proves it. The players’ basic skills are improving every year. There are promising young players coming through. The gap between us and the teams from smaller countries may seem big right now, but I think it’s closing. We need to catch up in terms of skill, but I think it will get better over time.
- Besides Son Heung-min, who else are the Vietnamese players looking forward to facing?
Coach Trucier: “There are so many new players in the Vietnamese national team right now. I am very grateful that these players can play against a strong team like Korea. This will be the foundation of the team in the future, and all of this will be an opportunity for growth. That’s why we organized this Asia Tour. We will focus on maximizing this opportunity and building a learning process.”
- South Korea is categorized as a stronger team, so what is the main purpose of this match for Vietnam? You played a lot of youth players against Uzbekistan. Is the match against South Korea also classified as a test match (Vietnamese reporter)?
Coach Trucier: “It’s a process of becoming a first team. Playing Korea is a huge opportunity. Everyone will give their best. It’s not a test. Instead, I’m looking forward to seeing how well the players can perform on the pitch.”
- South Korea has a lot of top-class players. Which Korean players are you most interested in watching from a player’s perspective (Vietnamese reporter)?
Do Duy Manh: “All Vietnamese players are grateful for this opportunity. Vietnamese players are proud to play with the Vietnamese flag on their jerseys. There are so many great players in Korea. There are also many players who play in Europe. Korea and Japan are like leaders for Vietnamese players to have dreams and hopes. So I’m very grateful and will try to build on that and get better.”
- Coach Park Hang-seo is coming to the game tomorrow. It must mean a lot to the players.
Doo Duiman: “It’s very good news for the Vietnamese players and it will be a morale booster. Apart from that, the players have prepared different tactics and strategies for the match. We will focus on preparing for that and making the best result.”