Park Hang-seo praises Tuan Anh and Tien Linh after Vietnam outplay UAE

Friday, 2019-11-15 03:07:53
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Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo speaks at the press conference after the match against the UAE on November 14. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO – Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo gave special praise to the amazing displays of forward Nguyen Tien Linh and midfielder Nguyen Tuan Anh, after his side edged past the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1-0 at home in the World Cup qualifiers on Thursday (Nov. 14).

Having lost Khalifa Al Hammadi, who was shown a straight red card in the 40th minute, the 10-man UAE side could not prevent the hosts from dominating possession and clinching the full three points thanks to a brilliant right-footed strike from outside the box by Tien Linh on the stroke of halftime.

Addressing a press conference after the match, Park showed his satisfaction with the result. However, the Republic of Korea tactician still kept the Vietnamese players grounded, stating that they had only made it halfway, with four more matches still to go.

“There are four matches remaining, so it is still a long journey for us to go. In the next few days, Vietnam will play a crucial clash against tough opponents Thailand. We will soon forget the victory over the UAE, and will resume training immediately to prepare for the Thailand meeting,” he told reporters.

Commenting on the display of the Vietnamese squad against the UAE, Park said: “Everyone knows the significance of this match. A win over the UAE would lift Vietnam to top of the group. Therefore, all the players exerted great attempts, and the achieved result was attributed to the joint efforts of the whole team, not a single individual.”

The coach congratulated Tien Linh on his brilliant showing throughout the game.

“As for Tien Linh, it was not the first time he produced such a feat. He also got on the scoresheet in the previous match against Indonesia. Tien Linh is one of the most promising young forwards in Vietnam at present. After the Indonesia game, he moved to training with Vietnam U22s in preparation for the 30th SEA Games. I only called up him to the national team recently. Tien Linh lived up to my expectations. Congratulations to him.”

Park also gave praise to midfielder Nguyen Tuan Anh, one of the most impressive Vietnamese players during the Thursday match.

Nguyen Tuan Anh (in red) is one of the most impressive Vietnamese players during the Thursday match against the UAE.

“I followed Tuan Anh’s matches in the past and realised that he is a talent. Whenever the national team convene, I would always like to summon Tuan Anh, but unfortunately has he often suffered injuries. I played no part in Tuan Anh’s revival. Tuan Anh himself has real talent and a strong will as well. Many other people have helped Tuan Anh, not just me.”

When asked about his feeling regarding Thailand’s defeat against Malaysia, Park said he was not so surprised, because Malaysia were not a weak team and they were definitely capable of thrashing Thailand.

Despite being disappointed by the result, UAE coach Bert van Marwijk said he was still content with the way his players had performed.

UAE coach Bert van Marwijk at the press conference. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

The Dutch tactician highly appreciated the Vietnamese side, stating that Park’s troops have a great chance to go further.

“Vietnam were a qualified team. I like their tight and sharp playstyle. They possess excellent players and an impressive competing system. We had been very confident ahead of the match, but the result did not meet our expectations.”

* Nguyen Tien Linh scores as Vietnam edge past 10-man UAE