15:34 | 31/05/2016 Entertainment
Both Việt Nam and Syria considered their friendly match today at Mỹ Đình Stadium to be a test for their upcoming tournaments.
Syrian players in a serious training session prior to the friendly match against host Vietnam in Hanoi
Talking to reporters in Hà Nội yesterday, Syrian coach Alhakim said the host team, Việt Nam, was playing at the same level as his team.
He said experience was an advantage for his team, compared to the young Vietnamese, and perhaps Syria would play better because some of his players were sharpening their skills in other countries, though Việt Nam showed great progress recently.
Meanwhile, coach Nguyễn Hữu Thắng of Việt Nam said Syria were one of the top teams in Asia, and it players had advantages of both physique and good form, compared to Việt Nam.
“We can see their power as they enter the last qualification round of the 2018 World Cup. They are a strong team with advanced techniques. So, our game with them will be a good test for us,” noted Thắng.
The 44-year-old added that he and his assistants reviewed records of Syria’s matches, worked out tactics and hoped his players could block the visitors from scoring.
Further, captain striker Lê Công Vinh said this was his third time playing against Syria and he would try to do his best.
“The game will be useful, so that our team understands our current position. We will find our advantages and disadvantages in a match in which the opponents are very strong,” Vinh said.
While Syria prepares for their World Cup journey in September, Việt Nam will focus on their ASEAN Football Federation Cup in November.
The match will be aired live on VTV6 channel at 6pm today./.