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Việt Nam ready to spring second surprise

Update: September, 14/2016 - 09:00
Vietnamese Ngô Ngọc Sơn (centre) tries to control a ball in Việt Nam vs Guartemala match on September 12 in World Cup Futsal in Colombia. Việt Nam will see Paraguay on Thursday. — VNS Photo Quang Thắng
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam are currently on a high but should keep their feet on the ground ahead of their second match against Paraguay at the ongoing Futsal World Cup in Colombia.

Coach Bruno Garcia and captain Nguyễn Bảo Quân both shared the same view during their pre-match briefing yesterday.

“Prior to the tournament, we planned to focus on one match at a time. We are happy with the first win against Guatemala but we know for sure we should not fly too high. Next we face Paraguay and we must think about them,” Quân said.

Garcia said the win over Guatemala brought a great feeling to the whole team. All the members were excited with this historic win. The team had received a lot of congratulations from fans, but they had enjoyed enough and now had to focus on the competition.

He said his players were more confident and felt stronger ahead of the next match.

“Paraguay are a top-10 team. Colombia is their sixth time at the World Cup. They need to get points after the loss against Italy and it will be a very difficult game for us,” coach Garcia wrote in an email to Việt Nam News.

“Paraguay’s high-quality players are more experienced than the Vietnamese and they are very competitive,” he said, but added that they also have weaknesses, which will be discussed in the Việt Nam team during the scouting pre-match.

After spending the morning resting following the victory the previous night, the Vietnamese players were back to training in the afternoon.

Garcia discussed the upcoming match with the players for 10 minutes. They were asked to put their feeling of joy from the previous match asked and focus 100 per cent on Paraguay.

The team members then did some special exercises to regain their strength and to avoid injuries.

Captain Quân and Xuân Du followed a special fitness routine as they sustained injuries during the Guatemala match.

Writing to Việt Nam News, Garcia said: “Quân and Du have injuries and we are worried about their recovery. The doctors are working hard to help them both recover, but we will wait until the start of the game to make a decision."

“(In the upcoming match) we can make some improvements, but we need to continue step by step and believe in ourselves because we are following the right path,” he added.

Garcia said his team needed at least one point from the Paraguay match to make sure Việt Nam are one of the four best third-placed teams after the group round to qualify for the next stage.

The Spaniard also reconfirmed with the international media that Việt Nam’s win was not due to luck, but a result of the hard work and effort put into training and careful preparations over a long term. — VNS


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