Vietnam must go beyond Southeast Asia: Coach Park

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By Lam Thoa March 28, 2022 | 02:30 PT

Head coach Park Hang-seo talks to the press in Japan on March 28, 2022. Photo by Vietnam Football Federation

Head coach Park Hang-seo said the Vietnam national football team must look beyond regional tournaments to learn “valuable lessons”.

Speaking to the press in Japan on Monday, a day before Vietnam will face Japan in the second leg of the final round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Park said that after nine matches Vietnam lost. the first seven games and could only win the eighth against China before. losing the ninth in Oman.

“When you play against the best teams in Asia, there is a quality gap [between Vietnam and those teams]. But this is Vietnam’s first time playing against these teams and many valuable lessons have been learned,” he said.

“Our vision now is for Vietnam to come out of Southeast Asia and participate in similar playgrounds,” he added.

The 2022 World Cup is the first time in history that Vietnam has qualified for the final round of the qualifiers.

In the first leg, Vietnam lost 0-1 to Japan in Hanoi, with their next game just a formality as Japan have already booked a ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Vietnam no longer has any chance of qualifying for the tournament.

Tuesday’s game is expected to be more difficult for Vietnam compared to Hanoi due to the absence of several key players, who were unable to play due to Covid-19 or injuries.

“We could only bring 20 players to Japan,” Park said.

“But this is the last game and we will try to do the best we can. Japan are already too strong and apart from that they have a very good football management system and a very good base,” he said. -he declares.

The match will start at 5:35 p.m. (Hanoi time) and will be broadcast live on VnExpress International.

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