Kuala Lumpur: With more than 80,000 Malaysian fans expected to create another intimidating atmosphere at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow it would be natural that the visiting Vietnam side would feel a touch nervous in front of such a wall of sound and colour but that’s not the case at all according to Nguyen Cong Phuong.

“This is not the first time that we’ve played an away match so it's not such a big issue and we've played a lot of matches with thousands of supporters so we’re not under pressure.

“You could even say that it’s motivation for us and can even push us to play a better match and show everyone about the quality in Vietnam.”

Even as the 23-year-old swatted away the pressure of dealing with that massive home support he did admit though that the expectation of entering the two-legged final as favourites is something that’s weighing on his mind.

“I can’t speak for the whole team but actually from my point of view it is a little bit of pressure but again it’s also an inspiration for me to perform better and I also think we can play even better than we have in the competition in this first match of the final tomorrow.”

The attacking midfielder was won of the stars when the two nations clashed during the group stage, grabbing the first goal in a 2-0 win, and with an expectant crowd waiting anxiously back in Vietnam, Cong Phuong is fully aware of what’s at stake.

“We know how important tomorrow’s match is for us and we’re going to be doing all we can to get a good result and make sure we can return to Vietnam with that positive outcome.”