Myanmar courting Lady Luck ahead of second leg
Myanmar coach Gerd Zeise knows his team will have to be at their best to have any chance of overturning a first leg deficit when they take on Thailand in their AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final return leg at Rajamangala Stadium on Thursday.
The White Angels lost 2-0 to the War Elephants in Yangon, as the Myanmar defence failed to cope with Teerasil Dangda's finishing while they had no luck at the other end of the pitch.
While their chances look slim against the rampant defending champions, with Thailand still boasting a perfect record at this tournament, coach Gerd Zeise is hoping for some good fortune as Myanmar attempt to secure their best ever finish.
"Thailand have one-and-a-half legs in the final but we will take our mini-chance tomorrow and do our best," said the German.
"We want to put on a performance to satisfy our people back home. Thailand is a big team so it will be difficult."
Zeise was naturally keeping his cards close to his chest when questioned about his tactical plans for the second leg encounter, but admitted his team needed to improve in both attack and defence if they were to upset Thailand.
"I have many plans but we need to avoid defensive mistakes like we made in the first leg, then we can play very well," said the Myanmar coach.
"We can create chances but we have problems with the finishing. Our No.21 (Mg Mg Lwin) had a good chance in the first leg, for example, but it didn't go in and there were other situations like this.
"I hope that we can have more luck in this match, luck we lacked in the first leg."