Although not in the same group as Indonesia in the preliminary, Thailand said that Indonesia often makes it difficult to meet. Thailand is in Group A of the 2020 AFF Cup, while Indonesia is in Group B.
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However, Thailand’s assistant coach Jadet Meelarp highlighted that Shin Tae-yong’s team often made Thailand have to work hard to serve the Red and White.
In group A, Thailand joined with the hosts Singapore, the Philippines and Timor Leste. However, Jadet’s attention is more inclined to the teams that are in Group B, namely Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and the favorites to win Vietnam.
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Looking at the map of strength, Jadet predicts that the team that is the favorite to win this year is still held by Vietnam. According to him, Park Hang-seo’s team has played extraordinary since the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
“Vietnam is the number one candidate for the championship in the 2021 AFF Cup,” said Jadet, quoted by Vietnamese media Soha on Monday (11/22/2021).
“I often watched them compete in the qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup final. In particular, the match that impressed me the most was Vietnam’s 0-1 defeat to Japan. Teacher and student coach Park Hang-seo played very disciplined and sometimes put pressure on the opponent,” he continued.
Then Jadet also commented on the competition in Group B. According to him, the teams there including Indonesia should be wary of because Thailand has often been difficult.