U23 Jordan coach: Vietnam are a strong team, but we are determined to do well

Author: Amelia
Date: 13/01/2020

According to AFC, U23 Jordan coach wary of formidable Vietnam but is still determined to win.

Before the match between U23 Vietnam and u23 Jordan, AFC reveals some information about this match.

Jordan got their campaign underway with a 2-1 victory over DPR Korea on Friday, thanks to strikes from Mohammed Bani Atieh and Omar Hani. Meanwhile, Vietnam were held to a goalless draw by the UAE on the same day.

“We always see that the first match of a tournament is difficult for any team,” said U23 coach Abu Ismael. “I expect that teams will move to second gear as they adapt better to the weather and the pitch. I believe matches will be less defensive going forward.

“I watched Vietnam and can see they were organised at the back and focused on playing from wide areas into the box because their players are good in the air. They are a strong team, but we are determined to do well."

Vietnam and Jordan had faced-up in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Round of 16, with the Vietnamese advancing on penalties. But while there were not many members of the current Jordan U23 side present that day, Vietnam boss Park Hang-seo was in charge of the group that featured the likes of Nguyen Quang Hai and Nguyen Tien Linh.

Park was adamant his players needed to kick-on from their scoreless opener against the UAE and believes quicker transitional play is crucial for them to develop.

“We collected a point from a difficult first game, which is fine. But now the challenge for us is to be sharper, work on our transition from attack to defence and vice-versa."

“We have to make certain tweaks to our tactics based on the opponents and the requirements of the match, but in terms of effort, I was happy with the way the players performed in the first match. They gave it their all.”

U23 Vietnam will take on Jordan on Jan 13, 8:15PM.