Coach Park addresses midfield issues in national team formation

By Lam Thoa   December 24, 2020 | 12:00 am PT
Coach Park addresses midfield issues in national team formation
Coach Park Hang-seo answers the press after the friendly between national team and U22 team on December 23, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.
Following the clash between the national and U22 teams Wednesday, coach Park Hang-seo pinpointed midfield weaknesses in Vietnam's new formation.

"In the past, when we played with the 3-4-3 formation, there were always two midfielders in support of the defense. However, when we switched to the diamond formation (4-1-2-1-2) for this game, only one midfielder could aid the defense, despite more attacking options. In general, if an opponent were to increase pressure on the midfield, we would be in trouble. This is a problem that needs to be solved," Park said.

The national team struggled in their friendly with the U22s, conceding two goals. Luckily, key players like Nguyen Van Quyet, Luong Xuan Truong and Ha Duc Chinh managed to lead the Golden Dragons to a 3-2 victory.

After complimenting the U22 side, Park said he would field his strongest line up in their second friendly.

"The U22s scored first and eventually lost the match but their spirit was excellent. The young players were quick to adapt and enjoyed a good performance. We also spotted some new potential players. However, the national team didn't play with its strongest line up this time. In the next game, when we use our best players, I’m not sure the U22s could hold us back," Park added.

In this new diamond formation, Van Quyet played as attacking midfielder, which surprised many people. The captain of Hanoi FC scored the equalizer for the national team but his overall performance was not good. His primary positions are second striker and left-winger.

"I asked Quyet about the position he wanted to play in this formation and respected his choice. Vietnam has many great attacking midfielders so Quyet will have to compete for the position. I will need to discuss putting him as a starter," Park said.

Vietnam will play the second friendly with the U22 team on Dec. 28, the last day of their long training period.

The national team are training for the World Cup qualifiers, while the U22 team's mission is to defend SEA Games gold medal, both tournaments to be held next year.

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