Vietnam match a tough one: UAE head coach

By Hong Duy   June 13, 2021 | 11:21 pm PT
Vietnam match a tough one: UAE head coach
Coach Bert van Marwịk at a press conference after the UAE suffered 0-1 loss to Vietnam at the World Cup qualifiers on November 14, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.
Coach Bert van Marwijk wants UAE players to pull out all the stops in their decisive clash with Vietnam on Tuesday.

"We know Vietnam are playing with a different style now and we also know how they played the last time against us. UAE will prepare for the next game based on this knowledge. However, Vietnam have been getting good results and it’s going to be a tough game," Marwijk said.

Marwijk also warned the team about overconfidence after their 5-0 victory over Indonesia last Friday.

"I always talk to my players about overconfidence and how it can work against us if we do not deal with it carefully. I was looking forward to giving some players a bit of rest, but we have not achieved our objective in these qualifiers. We still have one final big game against Vietnam to finish. I fully trust the players to do their best," he added.

The 69-year-old also named an unchanged lineup for the Vietnam clash, which appeared in previous wins against Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

"We need to maintain our playing style and not change our philosophy," he said.

Vietnam beat the UAE 1-0 in the first leg of the qualifiers in November 2019.

But the UAE are showing stellar form as they recently beat Malaysia 4-0, Thailand 3-1 and Indonesia 5-0. They are second in group G with 15 points, two less than Vietnam. To take the top spot, a win against Vietnam is a must for UAE.

A draw is enough for the Golden Dragons to secure a spot in the final qualifying round.

The match will start at 11:45 p.m. (Hanoi time) and will be reported live on VnExpress International.

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