Coach Troussier Uses U20 Vietnam’s Forward Line Against Iraq’s?

Will Coach Troussier Use Vietnam U20’s Attack Line Against Iraq in Their Final Match of Asian Cup 2023 Amidst Injuries to Pham Tuan Hai and Nguyen Van Tung?

Vietnam’s national football team faces a challenging situation in their final group stage match against Iraq in the Asian Cup 2023, as key players Pham Tuan Hai, Nguyen Van Tung, and Truong Tien Anh are currently under recovery training as of the afternoon of January 22nd, local time.

With Tuan Hai and Van Tung sidelined due to injuries, Vietnam’s options in the forward line are limited. Coach Philippe Troussier can rely on experienced forwards like Nguyen Van Toan and Nguyen Quang Hai in the attacking midfielder position.

It’s likely that Coach Troussier will consider deploying the young trio of Nguyen Dinh Bac, Nguyen Van Truong, and Khuat Van Khang to energize Vietnam’s attack against Iraq. This trio has previously played together in the attack line for Vietnam U20, participating in the U20 Asian Cup 2023, where they secured victories against Australia U20 and Qatar U20.

In the 0-1 loss to Indonesia, Khuat Van Khang and Nguyen Van Truong were substitutions for injured players Pham Tuan Hai and Nguyen Van Tung. Nguyen Dinh Bac, who confidently played in the 2-4 loss against Japan and recently recovered from an injury that kept him out of the game against Indonesia, is another potential choice.

In an interview on the evening of January 22nd, Khuat Van Khang expressed his eagerness to score against Iraq: “I always have a strong desire to score a goal for the national team. Everyone on the team shares this aspiration. My personal goal is to fight my hardest for the team. Regardless of the opponent, we will always strive for the best possible outcome. In our final match, we will give our all for the fans. I hope the supporters will continue to stand by Vietnam’s national team.”

Vietnam is set to play against Iraq at 6:30 PM on January 24th. This match is significant for the team’s honor, as Coach Philippe Troussier’s squad no longer has a chance to advance in the Asian Cup 2023.

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