Hanoi FC coach gets unease before the great battle with HAGL
Before the return of Vietnamese football, coach Chu Dinh Nghiem still gets a headache with the defensive crisis at the Hanoi Club.
At the beginning of the 2020 season, the Hanoi club lost the central defender duo Duy Manh - Dinh Trong because of a ligament injury. A few days ago, coach Chu Dinh Nghiem received more information from the defense when former U23 goalkeeper Phi Minh Long had to go to the operating table with the same problem.
The national Cup will start with a series of qualifying matches this weekend, while V-League will return from June 5. Hanoi Club had a pretty good run when winning both friendly matches with Viettel Club, with the total score of 3-0. However, coach Chu Dinh Nghiem was still very worried about the defense before welcoming HAGL in the 3rd round of V.League.
"Minh Long is the second goalkeeper of the team. The number 1 goalkeeper of the team is now Van Cong, but if Van Cong continues to have problems, the Hanoi Club really has great difficulties, especially in this time.
The defense last year included Duy Manh, Dinh Trong, Thanh Chung, Van Hau, Van Kien. But this 2020 season, Duy Manh suffered a serious injury, Van Kien suffered minor pain. Thanh Chung is the only player of the defensive line.
It is not easy to build a squad with players who understand each other well. So the Hanoi club needs to find new faces soon and suit the rest of the players "- Thanh Hoa coach shared with Saostar.
Hanoi is the defending champion of both V-League and the National Cup. On May 31, Chu Dinh Nghiem's side will have a meeting with the winning team in the Hai Phong / Dong Thap match before entering the focus match of the 3rd round against HAGL (6/6). The Hang Day Stadium organizers are asking permission from the local authorities to welcome the audience back in this classic match.