Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The coach of the U-23 Vietnam National Team (Timnas), Hoang Anh Tuan, admitted that he would not be surprised if the U-23 Indonesian National Team defeated his team and won the 2023 AFF U-23 Cup.
According to local Vietnamese media 24h, Anh Tuan said that Indonesia was a great team because it was filled with experienced players. In addition, the ‘brain’ of Garuda Muda alias Shin Tae-yong is also considered a good coach.
“We have watched the semifinal match between Thailand U-23 and Indonesia U-23. If Indonesia beats us tomorrow, it won’t be too surprising either,” explained Anh Tuan, Friday (25/8/2023).
“They (the U-23 Indonesian National Team) are strong opponents with good coaches. Their South Korean coach is very talented. We respect Indonesia U-23 very much, but are not afraid of them,” continued Anh Tuan.
Anh Tuan assessed that Shin Tae-yong and the Garuda Muda Team had the ability to change tactics and team composition according to the opponent. According to him, this could become the provision for the Indonesian National Team to win the 2023 AFF U-23 Cup.
“The U-23 Indonesian national team has a great coach who can change tactics and team composition according to the opponent. They have experienced players so they can change tactics according to the opponent,” said the 55-year-old coach.
Previously, Bagas Kaffa et al managed to advance to the final round of the 2023 AFF U-23 Cup after successfully overthrowing Thailand with a final score of 3-1 in the semifinal match, Thursday (24/8/2023).
Three goals from the Garuda Muda squad were contributed by Jeam Kelly Sroyer in the 10th minute, Muhammad Ferarri in the 22nd minute, and Natcha Promsomboon’s own suicide in the 45+1 minute.
“Hard work and giving all of your maximum strength is the key to victory in this match. We appreciate the Indonesian U-23 players who have played well against the hosts,” said Shin Tae-yong, quoted from the PSSI website, Friday (25/8/2023 ).
Furthermore, Indonesia will challenge Vietnam in the final of the 2023 AFF U-23 Cup. It is scheduled that this match will be held at the Rayong Stadium, Thailand, Saturday (26/8/2023) at 20.00 WIB.
Meanwhile, Malaysia and Thailand, who fell in the semifinals, will face each other for third place on Saturday (26/8/2023) at 16.00 WIB.
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