Kiatisuk: Thailand won’t play defensively against Japan at home

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national team head coach Kiatisuk said his team will play attacking football at home, ahead of an important 2018 World Cup qualification match against on September 6.

Both Thailand and Japan have lost their first match of the third and final and final qualification stage for the 2018 World Cup. The Blue Samurai suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat against the UAE at home, while Thailand was unfortunate to lose 1-0 against Saudi Arabia due to a late penalty.

Speaking ahead of the match, Kiatisuk said he understand Japan’s attacking abilities, but his team won’t employ defensive tactics against the Blue Samurai at home.

“Japan are strong. They can attack from open play or set pieces. But they’re under more pressure than we are and we aren’t going to play defensively at home”, the former footballer told local media.

Thai midfielder Charyl Chappuis also talked about his knowledge of Japanese players.

“Japanese players are good; most of them play in Europe. I follow the Bundesliga so I see how [Shinji] Kagawa and [Makoto] Hasebe play. I’ve played against Japanese teams in the ACL; I know how they play and how fast they are”, the Suphanburi player said.

Meanwhile, Chanathip Songkrasin said Thailand will do their best to defeat Japan at home.

“Japan are a good team, all of their players are good. We know how strong they are but we want to play them and win.”