Philippines head coach Michael Weiss was delighted with his team, and is adamant they should not be regarded as lowly opponents any longer
Philippines have continued their fine form in recent years as they advanced through to the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final after seeing off Myanmar at the Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok on Friday.
Coach Michael Weiss was beaming with joy as he attended the post match conference and credited his charges for their hard work.
"Congratulations to the team, they played well and they are a very strong team and disciplined," said Weiss.
"We have solid communication between the players and coaching staff
“I'm very, very happy that we're going through to the semi-final. We felt a bit pressured [during the group stages] because we had targeted to play in the semi-final.
“But as you can see, we played with so much more maturity in the team and we grew very fast. We played against Thailand and Vietnam which are very good teams and Myanmar who are a young and bright team.
“We get the respect for the future. Now we need to play consistently at the next level in South-east Asia."
On the possibility of meeting Thailand again in the final, Weiss said: "Before the tournament, I was scouting the team and I've got a feeling that Thailand is stronger this year. People do expect our team to meet Thailand again, it will be exciting."
"I thought teams [that are playing in AFF Cup] are in similar level, they're pretty even. [Rob Gier] Gier and Juani [Juani Guirado] have done a fantastic job in the backline and people now respect us more. It's different from two years ago."
For former Chelsea youth player Phil Younghusband, he felt that his team has come a long way since their semi-final appearance two years ago and was delighted to find the back of the net and shrugged off injury fears.
"As a striker I need confidence and it's good to get a goal in this match," he said.
"I feel fantastic that we're going through to the semi-final.
“I helped the team a lot in the match, I tracked back, and it eventually paid off. We're different from two years ago. My injury? I'm okay now."