The Myanmar U-23 coach, Velizar Popov, admitted that he was focused on the duel versus Indonesia in the closing match of Group A of the 2021 SEA Games. He was optimistic that his team would win. Photo: vietnamnet
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The Bulgarian coach is not afraid of Indonesia even though his opponent has been impressive in the last two matches. According to him, it will be his fleet that will qualify for the semifinals.
Indonesia U-23 showed good progress after being beaten by Vietnam three goals without reply in the opening match. The Red and White Team managed to score eight goals and conceded only one of the last two matches.
Victory over Timor Leste U-23 (4-1) and Philippines U-23 (4-0) opened the chance to advance to the last four. The Garuda Muda squad only needs a draw when they meet Myanmar U-23, Sunday (15/5/2022).
Popov admitted that he was quite impressed with the appearance of Egy Maulana Vikri et al in the last two matches. However, the 46-year-old coach was not afraid to face Shin Tae-yong’s concoction team.
“I’m not afraid or worried about any opponent in this group, if you can’t create chances then you can’t win,” Popov was quoted as saying by Zing News.
“Indonesia U-23 is a collective team with many key players in their country’s senior national team, they also played well in the last AFF Cup,” he added.
For Myanmar U-23, clashing with Indonesia is a life and death match. They must win if they want to advance to the knockout stages.
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Myanmar U-23 and Indonesia U-23 both collected six points from three matches. However, Myanmar U-23 lost in goal productivity. That’s why they must win at the Viet Tri Stadium if they want to qualify.