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Vietnam a stronger team now: Oman head coach

By Lam Thoa   March 22, 2022 | 11:08 pm PT
Vietnam a stronger team now: Oman head coach
Oman head coach Branko Ivankovic at the press conference ahead of the World Cup qualifying match against Vietnam in Hanoi, March 23, 2022. Photo by VnExpress
Oman coach Branko Ivankovic complimented Vietnam's improvement ahead of the World Cup qualifying match with Vietnam on Thursday.

"I have watched many games of Vietnam recently and I can say that they have grown stronger since the last encounter with us. The 3-1 win against China in February was an impressive display from Vietnam. In the match with Australia, I think Vietnam didn't play terrible although they lost 0-4. Australia are very strong with many players in Europe, but in that game, Vietnam still played with confidence and showed their ability at some moments," Ivankovic said in the press conference Wednesday.

Vietnam had played Oman away in October last year and lost 1-3.

After complimenting Vietnam, Ivankovic set the goal to win this match at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi.

"I think both teams are under pressure and we will try our best. We think that playing Vietnam is like playing Japan, Australia or Saudi Arabia. Oman are confident and want to defeat Vietnam," Ivankovic added.

"I don't have a specific tactic for tomorrow's game. I'll let Oman play freely and let them improvise to see how it goes. We will try to attack and score but at the same time remain on guard," he continued.

Oman have eight points after eight games of group B. They have no chance left to qualify for the World Cup, as they are still seven points short of the third position with only two more games left. Their goal now is to maintain fourth position until the end of the qualifiers.

"Oman don't have the pressure of qualification anymore. Thanks to that, we can try something new and give a chance to young players. Of course, the team will still play for the color of our flag and create a confident atmosphere for the next games, the next tournaments as well as improving our place in FIFA rankings," he said.

To prepare for the game with Vietnam, the Oman national team arrived in Hanoi on Monday and had their first training session Tuesday.

The match will be reported live on VnExpress International at 7 p.m. (Hanoi time), Thursday.

 
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