Coach Troussier: Vietnam still holds the power to decide its fate before the Indonesia match

Coach Philippe Troussier has thoroughly prepared to defeat Indonesia at My Dinh Stadium, aiming to reclaim the second spot in Group F and maintain the chance to advance in the World Cup 2026 qualifiers.

“Vietnam remains committed to achieving the best possible outcome to advance to the third round of the World Cup 2026 qualifiers. After tomorrow’s match against Indonesia, we have two more matches (against Iraq and the Philippines). Given the current situation in Group F, we still hold the initiative and decision-making power. We have no doubts about our final goal,” said Troussier during a pre-match press conference at My Dinh Stadium.

The French coach views playing two home games in the remaining three qualifiers as a significant advantage and hopes for extensive fan support. He affirmed the team’s awareness of their responsibilities and tasks, emphasizing their proactive approach and belief in the players’ commitment to achieving the set goals. “Of course, setting a goal is one thing, but it’s crucial how players perform on the field. Results don’t stem from goals and dreams. They come from what players can achieve on the field. Besides discipline, players must follow tactics, be strong in disputes, and also be smart and precise. Results come from accuracy in the final execution. That’s what we always strive for, and I always encourage players to be confident and precise.”

Regarding strategies against throw-ins, Coach Troussier confirmed that preparations have been made to counteract this, considering it not a severe issue. “I want the players not to be unsettled or afraid of Indonesia’s throw-in situations,” he stated. “In the previous match, only one such situation was mishandled. At the Asian Cup 2023, there were many throw-in situations, but we didn’t lose. The recent match had only one mistake, apart from individual errors. We’ve made preparations. Tomorrow, if Arhan plays, we will have better control. Not just for throw-ins but other situations as well. We’ll try to control the game.”

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