|By Khalis Rifhan
A central figure in the Philippines midfield during their first leg tie of the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final against Singapore, Paul Mulders echoed the sentiment of his coach Michael Weiss who had said that it was ‘a game of two half’.
“It is a big difference between the first and second half, I had lots of energy especially after the break but I think we did pretty well.” said Mulders
“First half, we were like hiding from the ball and second half everybody has the energy and wants the ball.”
Mulders had formed a solid partnership with Jason De Jong as they remained resolute in the middle of the park, making it hard for the Singapore players to advance to the final third.
Buoyed by the goalless draw and decent performance against the Lions in front of a capacity packed Azkals fans at Rizal Memorial stadium, Mulders feels that the team is able to raise their game when they visit Jalan Besar stadium this coming Wednesday.
“We are going to do much better than what we did in the first leg and I am sure all the other players will give their best too," said Mulders.
“Everybody is confident and that is a good thing. But we do not want to be over-confident as it can go against you.”
The Philippines will take on Singapore in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal on December 12 at the Jalan Besar stadium.
The winner of this tie will either meet Malaysia or Thailand for the regions’ most coveted title. Singapore have won it thrice, in 1998, 2004 and 2008 while Philippines is still looking for their first ever appearance in the final.