Monday, 25 Sep 2023 08:36 IWST
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Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Vietnam national team coach, Hoang Anh Tuan admitted that he had predicted his team’s failure to qualify for the last 16 Asian Games because he is in a group containing strong opponents.
Vietnam failed to qualify for the round of 16 because they were only in third place in Group B. They also failed to qualify via the best third place route because they only recorded zero points in the third place standings.
Anh Tuan admitted that this failure made him sad. However, on the other hand, he openly stated that this failure was something that was predicted when his team joined forces with a strong opponent.
This is because Anh Tuan believes that the Vietnam team is still too young and too green. As a result, Vietnam lost in terms of experience against two teams that have good strength at the Asian level.
“The result of this match makes me very sad. But actually this was predicted beforehand, when we joined a group containing very tough opponents.”
“We are a very young team, the youngest in this tournament. We lost to Iran and Saudi Arabia in terms of maturity and skill,” said Anh Tuan as quoted by Bongdaplus.
Even though he admitted that he had predicted the tough opponents at the Asian Games, Anh Tuan still expressed disappointment because his team could not play at the desired level.
“Iran and Saudi Arabia are indeed strong, but I also regret that Vietnam could not play its best performance due to various reasons.”
“Maybe mostly because these young players are under pressure and that is very unfortunate. And I think it makes sense that Vietnam was eliminated because we were really inferior to Iran and Saudi Arabia,” said Anh Tuan.
Anh Tuan also hopes that this defeat can be a valuable lesson for Vietnamese players.
“I think appearing at the Asian Games and meeting strong opponents is also an opportunity to learn for young players so they can be better prepared for the future.”
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