Totchtawan Pleased with SCG Muangthong United FC’s Counterattack Masterclass
Totchtawan Sripan was a satisfied coach after seeing his SCG Muangthong United FC side perform his counterattacking game plan to perfection on Saturday.
The Thai giants claimed a 3-1 over Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN FC at the Hang Day Stadium in the first leg of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017 final, putting them in a strong position ahead of the return encounter on 6 January 2018.
Despite being the tournament favourites, SCG Muangthong United FC adopted a conservative approach on Saturday and looked content to sit back and hit their Vietnamese opponents on the counter.
In the end, it proved to be a brilliant move as they scored two goals late on – both via counterattacks – to snatch victory after the tie initially looked set for a draw with the score level at 1-1 with just three minutes remaining.
Totchtawan’s decision to opt for a more patient approach was as much due to necessity as it was because of desire, as his players had only recently returned to pre-season training.
“Sanna Khanh Hoa are a team which are good on the ground but they also have foreign players who are better than us in the air,” explained the former Thailand international.”
“As we have only had the players back for three to four days, we decided that we would play on the counterattack and look to control possession, so that we would be able to maintain it for 90 minutes.”
“Sanna Khanh Hoa played better in the second half but, thanks to our plan, we managed to get two goals from the counterattack.”
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