Australian coach confident of good result against Vietnam

By Lam Thoa, Nhan Dat   September 6, 2021 | 03:48 am PT
Australian coach confident of good result against Vietnam
Australian men's football team coach Graham Arnold speaks at a press conference ahead of Vietnam and Australia's World Cup qualifiers match on September 6, 2021. Photo by Vietnam Football Federation
Australian men's football team coach Graham Arnold believes his team will perform well to beat Vietnam in their World Cup qualifiers match in Hanoi Tuesday.

"We are ready for the game tomorrow. I have nothing but respect for our opponent, Vietnam. They have played really well to advance to the final qualifying round. But we are confident that we will get a good result at the My Dinh Stadium," Arnold said.

The Socceroos had a great start in the final round of World Cup qualifiers with a 3-0 victory over China last week, which has extended their winning streak to nine. Beating Vietnam on Tuesday will establish the longest winning streak in the history of Australia national team.

"I have faith in my team. We have won nine consecutive matches. But the record is not my concern at the moment. The important thing is how to make the players give their best tomorrow," Arnold added.

Vietnam will get to play the game at their home stadium, but without spectators, due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

"I always expect the team to win every game, no matter (who) the opponent (is). We had a great opening game and I believe we have an advantage in tomorrow’s game," he said.

In their nine consecutive wins, Australia have scored 31 goals and conceded just two.

Australian goalkeeper Matthew Ryan complimented Vietnam’s offense but said he believed in Australia’s solid defense.

"I have to give my respect to Vietnam’s attackers. They possess great skills and the ability to create danger. But I believe in Australia’s defenders. My teammates will prevent the opponent from scoring," Ryan said.

Tuesday's game will be the first match between the national teams of Vietnam and Australia. It will kick off at 7 p.m. (Hanoi time) and will be reported live on VnExpress International.

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