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Referring to special statistics, AFC surprised with expectations for U23 Vietnam in the Asian tournament

Special statistics of U23 Vietnam

In a series of articles, the AFC has pointed out the remarkable statistics of the teams in the 2022 Asian U23 qualifying round. With U23 Vietnam, the parameter that AFC emphasizes is the number of goals conceded: “U23 Vietnam topped Group I, did not concede any goals and scored 2 goals”.

In the whole qualifying round, only 3 other teams achieved clean sheets like U23 Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia and Iraq. Since the end of 2017, when coach Park Hang-seo began to take power, counter-attacking defense has become the typical game of U23 Vietnam in continental tournaments. Defense is the key for the red shirt army to reach the final of U23 Asia 2018 and the semi-finals of Asiad 2018.

Remember at the 2020 Asian U23 tournament, despite being eliminated early from the group stage, the defense of U23 Vietnam still had commendable performances. At the end of the tournament, the army under coach Park Hang-seo was one of the three teams that received the fewest goals (2 goals).

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The defense has been a solid support for U23 Vietnam over the years.

At the last 31 SEA Games, U23 Vietnam won gold without conceding a single goal. Thanh Binh, Bui Hoang Viet Anh, Van Toan… together created a solid “wall”, helping the home team’s goal stand for 6 matches with a total of 570 minutes.

The opponents in the group of U23 Vietnam also possess remarkable parameters. Korea U23 scored the most goals in the qualifying round – 14 goals. Malaysia U23 is similar to Vietnam when it does not concede a goal. Particularly, U23 Thailand has the highest rate of converting shots on target into goals in the U23 Asian finals – 14.29%.

Unexpected expectations from AFC

In an overview article before the AFC U23 Championship, AFC commented: “Uzbekistan, Korea, Iraq, and Japan will compete fiercely to become the first team to win the Asian U23 Championship twice. Meanwhile, teams that have finished second like Saudi Arabia or Vietnam will also try their best. Do your best to overcome the runner-up achievement in the past”.

The fact that AFC mentioned U23 Vietnam as a candidate in the championship race surprised many fans. Because from reality, the red shirt army has not had the most perfect preparation for the tournament.

The current force of U23 Vietnam has many disturbances compared to the 31st SEA Games, most notably the absence of 3 reinforcements over the age of 23, Hung Dung, Tien Linh, and Hoang Duc. Coach Gong Oh-kyun is applying a new tactical system to the team and has only 1 practice match with UAE U23 to test before entering the tournament. The result of that match was also not positive when U23 Vietnam lost 0-3.

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Coach Gong Oh-kyun has not had much time to help students get used to the new system.

However, great challenges will also be opportunities for Coach Gong Oh-kyun and his students. If he makes a difference at the upcoming tournament in Uzbekistan, Mr. Gong Oh-kyun will create his own place for the 4-3-3 formation that he is pursuing and open a new page in his career for the players. Vietnam U23 player.

Remember 4 years ago, the 2018 AFC U23 Championship was also a launching pad for Coach Park Hang-seo to achieve a series of successes with Vietnamese football in the following years and bring a system of 3 central defenders (5-4). -1 or 5-3-2) into a “winning formula”.

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