Thai club defeat Viettel at AFC Champions League with good control: coach

By Hoang Nguyen   July 3, 2021 | 01:15 am PT
Thai club defeat Viettel at AFC Champions League with good control: coach
Viettel FC (R) were outplayed by BG Pathum United in the AFC Champions League game on July 3, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Asian Football Confederation.
Viettel's coach Jurgen Gede said Thai side BG Pathum United had controlled the game well to earn a convincing victory at the AFC Champions League (AFC) clash Friday night.

"Congratulations to BG Pathum for the win. We had approached the game offensively but couldn't score. The opponent had many experienced players and were able to control the game well. That is what we couldn't do," Gede said in the post-match press conference.

Pathum showed they had carefully studied Viettel. They controlled the tempo of the game well and didn’t buckle under pressure from Viettel. Their discipline and solid approach caused Viettel many problems, not to mention an early goal in the 13th minute.

"Viettel tried to take back control in the second half. There were moments when we were so close to the equalizer, but after we conceded the second goal, everything went south quickly. This is football and we have to learn from our mistakes to prepare for the next game," he added.

Viettel will meet Pathum again on July 5. The Hanoi-based club dropped to third in group F of ACL and have much to do should they wish to advance in the tournament.

"The players were not happy about this loss and we will have to work together for the next games. The important thing is what you can learn from failure," Gede said.

AFC Champions League: Viettel 0-2 Pathum United.

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