Thailand coach Winfried Schafer saluted his players fighting spirit while Vietnam coach Phan Thanh Hung was distraught after seeing his side crash out of the tournamentThailand coach Winfried Schafer has every reason to believe his side can win this edition of the Suzuki Cup, after seeing his under-strength charges dismiss Vietnam with relative ease to top Group A.
"I salute my players fighting spirit today. They had the the determination of warriors to go for a win, despite us only needing a point to win this group".
"This is what I want to see most in my squad. Today we saw our second string side step in and give it their all. Despite going down to 10-men, we still pushed forward and managed to score another goal. I couldn't have asked for more and am overjoyed with the result ", said the 62-year-old, who has transformed this Thailand side into a fluid attacking unit since taking charge a year ago.
When asked about Thailand's chances of winning the Cup, the German remained grounded.
"Not yet. We have to take it game by game. We are not preparing this team as well as we should".
"We only played three friendly matches before this tournament, that is not enough and it is the reason why we're not at our best".
His statement certainly contradicts the form his side are in, as Thailand have ended their group campaign as winners, scoring a whooping nine goals in the process.
Vietnam coach Phan Thanh Hung meanwhile was understably crushed after seeing his side bow out tamely, despite fully understanding the task at hand prior to this match.
"I am very dissapointed with the result. We had good preparation for this match, but I have to admit Thailand played with very high standards and performed well even with their substitutes. I really believe they can go all the way and win this tournament".
"I am sorry that I could not make Vietnam fans happy, but hopefully we will do better in the next edition".