Sanna Khanh Hoa FC Not Giving Up on Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017 Dream
Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN FC continue to believe they can win the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017 despite trailing to SCG Muangthong United FC 3-1 on aggregate in the final.
Following a first-leg defeat in Hanoi on 23 December 2017, Sanna Khanh Hoa FC will enter Saturday’s return encounter at the Supachalasai National Stadium as the underdogs.
Regardless of the result, the V.League 1 representatives can be proud of their displays thus far in their tournament debut, having already seen off Boeung Ket FC and Lao Toyota FC to get this far.
And, while the odds may be stacked against them, Sanna Khanh Hoa FC coach Vo Dinh Tan insists his charges will head into Saturday’s game believing in their chances of overturning the deficit.
“Sanna Khanh Hoa FC have always been a team that come through difficulties,” he said in Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“In 2012, the team nearly disbanded but we had many young players that played to their best and since then, from 2015 to 2017, we have always finished inside the top six in the V.League 1.”
“With that in mind, regardless of the scenario we find ourselves in against Muangthong and even if there is only one per cent of hope, we will always fight until the last minute.”
Dinh Tan also believes his players would have learned their lessons from the first leg, where they more than matched their opponents for most of the game only to concede twice on the counterattack with three minutes left on the clock.
“As this is the first time we have participated in the final of an international tournament, I think the players lacked a bit of experience and – regretfully – we lost two goals in the final minutes,” he explained.
“However, the players have learned a lot playing against a very strong team in Muangthong.”
“Tomorrow, we will perform better.”
If Sanna Khanh Hoa FC are to have a chance of clawing their way back into the contest, goalkeeper Nguyen Tuan Manh’s ability to keep out SCG Muangthong United FC’s star-studded attack will be crucial.
Even with star striker Teerasil Dangda starting on the bench in the first leg, the Thai League Cup champions boasted a plethora of attacking options, including Thailand internationals Prakit Deeprom, Siroch Chatthong and two-goal hero Adisak Kraisorn.
Agreeing with his coach, Tuan Manh added: “I don’t want to talk about what percentage of a chance we have to win.
“Simply, every player in the team will try their best to produce a very good match for everyone and hopefully that will be enough to win the trophy for our club.”
“My personal goal will be to try and keep a clean sheet and our team will do our best to get the win.”
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