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Coach Mai Duc Chung: ‘Need to quickly forget the victory over the Philippines’

Quang NinhSatisfied after defeating the Philippines, the head coach of the Vietnamese women’s team reminded the players not to be subjective at the 31st SEA Games on the evening of 11/5.





Coach Mai Duc Chung directs Vietnamese players in the Philippines match on the evening of May 11th.  Photo: Duc Dong

Coach Mai Duc Chung directs Vietnamese players in the Philippines match on the evening of May 11th. Image: Duc Dong

Historically, the Philippines has been a “delicious bait” of Vietnam in women’s football, having lost all of the last nine confrontations. But recently, the opponent has matured significantly thanks to the policy of mass naturalization from the US, Germany, Japan, Spain, Australia… They even won tickets to the 2023 Women’s World Cup directly earlier than Vietnam, and won 5-0 against Cambodia in the opening match of the 31st SEA Games.

In fact, the Philippines caused many difficulties for Vietnam in this match, even taking the lead thanks to Annis’s 15 minutes. However, with personnel adjustments and reasonable gameplay, coach Mai Duc Chung’s teachers and students. came upstream thanks to the tables of Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung and Tran Thi Thuy Trang.

After the match at Cam Pha Stadium, Mr. Chung commented: “Vietnam has difficulties because the Philippines has a superior physique. Their squad is much different from before. In the past, they naturalized three to four players, Now it’s 14 to 15. So for the first 10 minutes we were wobbly, despite our intensive training in Korea.However, the players played with determination, even when we were behind, with spirit of Vietnamese women. I am very proud of them”.

When asked about his feelings when being led, the Hanoi military leader affirmed that he was not worried, but also had to urge the players to stay calm. According to him, the turning point for Vietnam to go upstream is the spiritual factor.

Group A has only three teams, so the match between Vietnam and the Philippines will be the most contested in the group. In the next turn on May 13, the home team meets Cambodia. Although the opponent was underrated, Mr. Chung still asked the players to concentrate as much as possible. “We need to quickly forget this match, to look forward to the next matches. We need to go game by match to reach the final destination,” he emphasized. “I’m satisfied, but I want to be more satisfied, the team always has to change to move forward.”

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