Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang is optimistic ahead of the clash with Vietnam in their opening fixture of joint qualifiers for 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup on May 24.
The 41-year-old tactician admitted that the South-East Asian rival are tough opponents, but insisted that his past playing-experience can give an advantage to his team to triumph.
“I have played in Vietnam previously, so basically I know their styles,” he said. “I can say Vietnam are stronger than before and it’s not easy for us to beat them but I’m optimistic on our chance.”
“Their new head coach, Toshiya Miura brought new gameplan for Vietnam, under his reign they play more discipline and pragmatic.”
The War Elephants lost 1-0 to North Korea in a warm-up match on Wednesday and now hope to turn that loss around in front of their home fans.
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