Thailand not taking second leg lightly


Thailand not taking second leg lightly


Thailand head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang knows that his side cannot take the return leg of the semi-finals lightly despite having a two-goal lead on aggregate.

Teerasil Dangda netted both goals in Sunday's first-leg win, as Thailand move one step closer to defending their AFF Suzuki Cup title.

The result also meant that the War Elephants have won every match so far, keeping clean sheets in three straight games.

However, Kiatisuk warned his players that the tie is far from over.

"For today's game, we wanted to win this match, and we got the result. Today, we may have scored twice... but it's not finished yet," he said after the match. "The next game is an important game too."

Kiatisuk believes that playing at home may have put on a bit of pressure for Myanmar, and he feels they will come on stronger in the return leg.

"Maybe they were under pressure because they were playing at home," Kiatisuk said.

"Myanmar team is young, they have future. Maybe the next game, they play away game, which will be easier for them."

As for Myanmar coach Gerd Zeise, he was left disappointed as he felt they had a chance of getting something out of the match.

Instead, individual mistakes at the back cost them twice and left them with an uphill task of trying to overturn the two-goal deficit.

"Thailand were the better team. They were more experienced and every mistake we made were punished. Two mistakes, two goals," Ziese said.

However, the Myanmar coach feels his team still have hope of overturning the deficit and hopes they will "try to play better" in the second leg.

"A 2-0 defeat at home will make it easy for us to qualify. But we still have a chance," he said.

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