By Gabriel Tan
The Thunder Castle are currently third on the table, ten points behind leaders Muangthong United, but have four games in hand due to their AFC Champions League commitments, a competition in which they started brightly but failed to progress past the group stages.
Despite the obvious disappointment of a premature exit from Asia's premier club competition, Attaphol admits their elimination will now allow them to retain the three titles they won last season - the league, the FA Cup and the League Cup.
"There are many positive points we can take despite being eliminated from the AFC Champions League," the 49-year-old told ESPNSTAR.com in an exclusive interview.
"We can put all our focus to defending the titles that we won from last season, while my players will have more time to recover from fatigue."
Attaphol also believes last week's 1-1 draw with Muangthong has given his charges the confidence that they will be able to overtake their title rivals at the top of the table.
"I'm very confident that we can secure victories from all four matches we have in hand to overtake them [Muangthong]," he added.
"We are playing very good football now, especially in the 1-1 draw with Muangthong. We dominated the game but unfortunately we lacked the necessary decisiveness to score a second goal."
And while he admits the Twin Qilins remain the biggest threat to their title aspirations, he believes a number of other teams could also give them a real good fight.
"Absolutely, Muangthong United are our biggest contenders for the Thai Premier League this season," the former Thai international admitted. "You can see their potential from the fact they remain top of the table at the moment.
"However, we cannot overlook other strong clubs like Chonburi FC, BEC Tero Sasana and Bangkok Glass too."
Should Buriram manage to successfully defend their league crown, it would mean Champions League football again next season, something Attaphol believes is vital for his players' growth.
"I'm very happy and superbly proud with my squad's performance in the Champions League, especially considering they had no experience in this tournament," he added.
"This precious experience will undoubtedly help my lads become better players."
The Thunder Castle are next in action on June 13 when they entertain Pattaya United.
Image courtesy of Buriram United Football Club