Former Indonesia captain Seto Nurdiantoro has said that the national team have to take the attack to Thailand in the AFF Suzuki Cup final.
Indonesia qualified for the final after stunning Vietnam 4-3 on aggregate in the semifinals, while Thailand crushed co-hosts Myanmar 6-0 on aggregate.
With the first leg set to be played in Bogor on Wedesday, Seto admitted that it is imperative that Indonesia take an aggressive approach and put the reigning champions on the back foot.
“Indonesia has to play in the same way like the first-leg semifinal against Vietnam. But we must be careful to also not concede at the same time,” he told detikSport.
Seto also voiced his support for the final being determined over two legs, which was first introduced in 2004.
“Before this, the recovery period between matches was short. With a longer rest, the players have more time to recuperate and put on a better performance,” he added.
Indonesia are determined to win their first-ever AFF Suzuki Cup title, while Thailand will be looking to triumph for a record-breaking fifth time.
However, Indonesia have a reason to be upbeat going into the first leg as three Thailand players have been listed as doubtful for the match.
Striker Teerasil Dangda, who is the top scorer in the tournament with five goals, and defender Tanaboon Kesarat have both been unable to train, while another defender, Prathum Chutong, did not complete a training session over the weekend.
Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang is confident that Teerasil will be fit for the match, but was less optimistic about Tanaboon and Prathum.
“Teerasil’s injury is just a sprained muscle, and should heal in time. But we do need to take another look at the fitness levels of Tanaboon and Prathum,” he told the Bangkok Post.