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Calisto: Myanmar win is history


05-Dec-2010
Hanoi: Vietnam coach Henrique Calisto has called on his team to forget the resounding victory over Myanmar on the opening day of their defence of the AFF Suzuki Cup and focus on the task at hand against the Philippines on Sunday evening.

Calisto's team made a statement of intent against Myanmar, scoring seven times to underline their current standing as one of the finest teams in the South East Asian region.

But while many in Vietnam have been reveling in the win, Calisto says the time for celebration has already passed as his side prepares to face a Philippine team that picked up a surprise 1-1 draw against Singapore in their opening game.

"After you win you have to think about the future, only the museum can live with the past," said the Portuguese coach. "We can't think about the 7-1, this is finished.

"We must think about the future and it's difficult for us. The Philippines is a good Calisto will be without the services of defender Doan Viet Cuoan, who has been sidelined with a knee ligament injury that could keep him out of the team for as long as 10 days.

The Philippines, too, have injury concerns, with experienced central defender Rob Gier struggling to shrug off a high fever in time to be ready for the game at the My Dinh Stadium.

"He's a little bit under the weather," said coach Simon McMenemy. "It's touch and go. If it was down to him he would be out there, even if he had lost an arm or a leg, because this is a game none of our team wants to miss."

The Englishman is keen for his side to go into the game against the defending champions with the same approach as they did against Singapore, hoping they can frustrate Calisto's team.

"The boys were very pleased after the game with Singapore and it was the culmination of a lot of hard work and changing things," he said.

"Success for us will be judged by us being hard to beat in the Vietnam game. We made it very difficult for Singapore to score goals and I think that the hard work throughout the 90 minutes was rewarded. We got a good break at the other end of the field. In this game you get a little bit of luck and we had a chance that we took.

"Going into the next game we have just as big if not a bigger task. Vietnam are the defending champions, playing in Hanoi in front of 40,000 screaming, crazy, mental fans.

"This is the kind of game the boys live for and we will try and keep our heads against a very offensive team."