Personnel from both teams gave their take after the 4-0 drubbing of Pakistan by Singapore before starting their AFFSC campaign this weekend
After Singapore’s emphatic 4-0 win against Pakistan, team staff and players shared their thoughts at a press conference.
Singapore’s assistant coach Mike Wong, who attended the press conference in Raddy Avramovic’s place, was pleased with the performance.
“It is the last game before we meet Malaysia, so it’s important that we win,” he said.
Asked about their chances in the upcoming Suzuki Cup campaign, Wong is adamant Singapore are favourites, and should be aiming for the title.
“We don’t fear any team, but we respect all team," he added defiantly.
"We are part of the favourites, and are going up there to compete.”
Vice-captain of the Lions, Hariss Harun, who gave a combative display in midfield, was also pleased with how Singapore played today, especially after losing their last two friendly matches, and wants the team to carry on with this in the AFFSC 2012.
“We scored 4 goals and we took the chances that came our way,"he said.
"We need more confidence, and to take our chances proper in the tournament.
“I think we are doing very well, and need to take this confidence into the tournament.
“We have to play to our strengths, we have to use our strengths to intimidate other teams.”
After being beaten so comprehensively, the Pakistan coach was full of praise for the Lions, although he believes his side will prove a tougher opposition in the future.
“Singapore has a very good team,"he admitted.
"They are very organised. If you compare with Pakistan, Singapore is much better.
“[Singapore] is a team that has better technique and is tactically organised, [and] we [are] not able to compare the two national teams.
“We have not played a game since Dec 2011. We came here without proper international exposure, we will try to do harder next time.”
Singapore meanwhile will face Malaysia on Sunday November 25 in the opening match of Group B in the AFF Suzuki Cup.