'It will not be easy against Singapore' - Thailand coach Winfried Schafer

After seeing off Malaysia in the semi-final, the German native feels that it won't be an easy game against Singapore in the AFF Suzuki Cup final.
By Khalis Rifhan

The stage is set for an interesting AFF Suzuki Cup final as both Singapore and Thailand not only boast the tightest defences and most entertaining attacks, they will also each be looking to capture a record fourth title in the competition.

Following their 1-0 aggregate win over the Philippines on Wednesday, the Lions had to wait 24 hours to find out who their opponents will be. 

On Thursday night in Bangkok, they got their answer as the War Elephants overcame Harimau Malaya 2-0 and 3-1 on aggregate to book their final slot.

Speaking at the post-match conference, Thailand’s coach Winfried Schafer wasted no time in turning his attentions to his next opponent.

“Singapore's a very good team," he warned.

"I watched them against Philippines. They have very good players, team spirit and teamwork. It will not be easy."

Although his team qualified for the final, the German native felt that the journey had not been particularly smooth.

“I hope that in our match against Singapore, the pitch will be better because the pitch tonight was bad," Schafer said.

“On tonight's refereeing decision [which is] the same in Malaysia [as] when I was sent off, it’s not my job to talk about the referees.”

Thailand will play their first game away at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on December 19 before having home advantage for the return tie on December 22.