Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang has acknowledged that his side are in for a tough battle when they face Vietnam in a 2018 World Cup qualifying clash on Tuesday.
Thailand currently top Group F with seven points from their first three matches, including an opening victory over Vietnam in May. However, Vietnam have since bounced back to beat Chinese Taipei and hold Iraq to a 1-1 draw.
Having seen Iraq leave Hanoi with just a point, Kiatisuk is well aware of the threat posed by their hosts.
“To play Vietnam is never easy and when you take them on at their home ground and in front of their own crowd, the things become even tougher,” Kiatisuk told the Bangkok Post.
“They are always very strong while playing at home and they are known for their knack for hard tackles.
“The most important thing for our players will be to control their temper. We would have to play our own game and play it in a fair manner. That is why I want this match to be an exhibition of our skills and talent.
“We have Messi Jay [Chanathip Songkrasin] but then Vietnam have their Messi Vietnam [Nguyen Cong Phuong].
“I am sure they are equally keen to put on an impressive show. We are the top two Asian teams and it would be great if we can both qualify for the next stage of Asian qualifiers.”
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