Philippine Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley said that his wards are in great shape and are ready to exact revenge on their AFF Suzuki Cup tormentors.
“It can’t be better to have the three teams in our group who kicked us out the last three semifinals. It’s a great chance to give them the revenge and kick two out of the competition,” Dooley told The Manila Times.
For the past three editions of the Suzuki Cup, the Philippines failed to enter the finals of the biennial regional football championship.
The Azkals lost to Indonesia, 0-1, in the semis in 2010, and to Singapore 0-1 in 2012.
Reigning champion Thailand beat the Azkals in the semifinals of the last edition of the Suzuki Cup 0-3.
The Azkals, who have been drawn in Group A for the preliminary round, will face the same rivals Singapore, Indonesia and champion Thailand this year.
“I like to win and it is a great feeling to go step-by-step. We never went to the finals. This is a perfect opportunity to reach the next step on the ladder and get into the finals,” Dooley said.
The 54-year-old former American soccer team skipper added that he is positive about his wards being housed with Southeast Asian rivals Thailand.
“I like to have “the best team” Thailand in our group, so if everything goes well we avoid them in the semifinals. Two games in the semifinals against any other team in Group B should be doable,” Dooley concluded.
Via: Manila Times