UAE head coach Dominique Batheney admitted that their upcoming match against South Korea in Seoul on Wednesday will be an uphill battle, but relished his side’s opportunity by saying that anything is possible in football.
Batheney, who was UAE’s assistant coach, took the helm last month after Bruno Metsu’s resignation.
The Frenchman stepped down after losing the first two matches of the qualifying campaign to Saudi Arabia and North Korea to take the Qatar post.
Batheney was also the head coach of the UAE National Team two years ago when his side beat South Korea at home in a friendly match prior to 2006 World Cup.
However, the 54 year-old believes that things will not be so easy when they take on the Koreans in Seoul this time around.
“I still remember the match when we beat South Korea in 2006,” Batheney told the Korean press.
“But things have changed a lot for both teams. Koreans have a strong team with a lot of their players playing in Europe.”
“It will be a tough game for us, but anything is possible in football and this is a very important match for us. The outcome of this match will determine our attitude going into our upcoming matches against Saudi Arabia and Iran.”