Fandi Ahmad knows his team will need to go for broke against Timor Leste and win big if they want to qualify for the semi-finals. The interim national coach hopes to see his team at least plunder four goals in despite their scoring woes.
“In our heart we want to score four goals. It is not impossible and we want to achieve the impossible,” said the 56-year-old on Tuesday.
Due to the Lions’ need for goals, Fandi has ditched his preferred 4-2-3-1 for a 4-4-2 formation with Ikhsan Fandi partnering veteran marksman Khairul Amri upfront. Despite the two not playing together before, Fandi is confident they can deliver the goods.
“Ikhsan and Amri have adapted well to each other but the movement and telepathic understanding must be there,”
“I believe Amri will help out Ikhsan as he is more experienced and hopefully the two can produce some magic.”
On the other hand, Fandi accompanied by Izzdin Shafiq, were also asked if the midfielders have been practicing their long-distance shots in a bid to help out with the team’s goal scoring tally.
“The past few weeks, Hariss and I have been trying to take shots outside the box. The important thing is that if we don't practise, we won’t apply it in matches," mentioned Izzdin.
Although some would argue that Singapore will feel more pressured in this match than Timor Leste after their loss to the Azkals, Fandi begged to differ saying his boys don’t think about such things.
“There is no pressure whatsoever, the boys feel happy in training and are enjoying the sessions,”
“Earlier we play small-sided games and hopefully tomorrow they go out and express themselves, because football is all about that.”
Coversely, Fandi’s opposite number, coach Tsukitate was much more tight-lipped about how Timor Leste were going to play.
"I have no idea (how Singapore play) but we have to play 100 per cent. We cannot think about the opponent but I know my players will do their best."