SCG Muangthong United FC Looking to Start 2018 with a Bang By Winning Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017
SCG Muangthong United FC coach Totchtawan Sripan believes his side can get 2018 off to a perfect start by winning the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017 on Saturday.
The Thai League Cup champions head into the game against Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN FC at the Supachalasai National Stadium leading 3-1 on aggregate, following a clinical win in the first leg on 23 December.
That result leaves SCG Muangthong United FC with one hand on the trophy as they look to follow in the footsteps of fierce rivals Buriram United FC, who won the past two editions of the tournament.
2018 is already promising to be a big year for SCG Muangthong United FC as they not only look to wrest the Thai League 1 title from Buriram United FC, but also bid to qualify for the AFC Champions League for the second year running.
And Totchtawan knows there is no better way to get things started than by getting the job done on Saturday.
“The Toyota Mekong Club Championship is a trophy that means a lot to our team,” he said in Friday’s pre-match press conference.”
“I would like to start the New Year with a victory as a present to all SCG Muangthong United fans.”
“It is my hope that we do very well.”
The first leg at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium was an interesting affair given SCG Muangthong United FC, despite entering the tie as favourites, adopted a conservative approach.
Totchtawan later revealed it had been the plan to play on the counterattack given his players had only just returned to pre-season training then, and says fans can expect a more dominant display in the second leg.
“It was a rather difficult match because we were not fully ready,” the former Thailand international explained.
“Also, some of the players weren’t available for selection so we did quite well to control the match and, in the end, we were able to win.”
“But Sanna Khanh Hoa are worthy opponents and are not to be underestimated.”
“Now this is our home match, we expect to do much better.”
The hero for SCG Muangthong United FC last time out was striker Adisak Kraisorn, who netted two close-range finishes to effectively win it for his side.
And while there is obviously the trophy on the line, the 26-year-old is looking forward to a game played in good spirit on Saturday.
“Sanna Khanh Hoa are a very good attacking team and are not to be underestimated,” added Adisak. “We have to be ready for anything that comes our way.”
“I didn’t expect to do so well in the last game and it was a surprise that I was able to perform above my expectations, but I also hope to do much better in this match.”
“I’m looking forward to Sanna Khanh Hoa giving their best too. At the end of the day, this is sport and it’s a way to get to know one another as friends in the same industry.”
“We are looking forward to playing in the next match and may our friendship grow in the future.”
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