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Coach Polking: ‘Thailand is always number one in Southeast Asia’

Coach Polking: 'Thailand is always number one in Southeast Asia' 1
Coach Polking: 'Thailand is always number one in Southeast Asia' 1

`This championship is very important. We are always number one and always want to reach beyond Southeast Asia. Thailand needs to prove in bigger tournaments like the Asian Cup, where there are stronger opponents like Japan,

Coach Polking at the press conference after the final second leg between Thailand and Vietnam on January 16.

The Brazilian coach admitted that he had a good squad in hand and praised the players’ spirit.

Returning to the home field with the advantage of a 2-2 draw at My Dinh in the first leg, coach Polking kept the same 11 starting players.

`We have a good plan for the return leg. Because the two teams drew 2-2 in the first leg, if they want to win the championship, Vietnam must win. Of course, they will also win in the end if they draw 3-3, but that result is difficult.

When asked about Teerasil Dangda’s injury, Mr. Polking felt sorry because the 34-year-old striker could not attend the two finals due to injury.

Coach Polking: 'Thailand is always number one in Southeast Asia'

Thailand 1-0 Vietnam

Main developments in the match Thailand 1-0 Vietnam in the final leg of the AFF Cup 2022 at Thammasat Stadium on January 16.

Polking once said he would miss his colleague Park Hang-seo, who left the Vietnam team after the 2022 AFF Cup. He affirmed this opinion and wished the person who had competed with him many times: `He is a person with personality.`

The 3-2 victory over Vietnam helped Thailand win the AFF Cup for the seventh time, after 1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016 and 2020. For Polking personally, this is his second Southeast Asian championship.

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