Chappuis: Thailand ready for Singapore challenge

Thailand midfielder Charyl Chappuis has revealed that his side will do everything in their power to triumph over Singapore when they meet in the AFF Suzuki Cup on Tuesday.

Thailand and Singapore are the two most successful teams in the tournament’s history as they have both won the competition four times.

Going into the clash, though, the War Elephants hold the upper hand as they won the last edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2014, while Singapore was unable to make it past the group stage.

In addition to beating Singapore, Chappuis is also eager to see his side retain their AFF Suzuki Cup crown.

“Of course, it would be amazing to be back-to-back winners, and that’s what we’re hoping to do,” he told ESPN FC. “At the same time, we’re here to take it game to game, and now it’s Singapore next.

“Obviously, this is a game we’re trying to win because doing so would mean we qualify for the semifinals, with a game to spare. Either way, we’re here to win every game.”

Chappuis came off the bench for Thailand in their 4-2 win over Indonesia on Saturday, but the 24-year-old is hoping to play a bigger role when his side go head to head with the Lions.

“This time, it’s a little bit of a different role for me, especially having come back from a long-term injury,” he added. “I was already expecting not to be in the national team, so I enjoy every minute that I’m able to be standing on the field.

“I’m thankful for the 10 minutes [against Indonesia] and, if he [Kiatisuk] needs me, I’m ready and I will do my best.”

When asked about Thailand’s performance against Indonesia, Chappuis pointed out that the War Elephants controlled the first half, but took their foot off the pedal in the last 45 minutes.

“From what I saw from the outside, I think we really controlled the first half, and you could see there’s a little bit of a difference now that we’ve played at a higher level,” he said. “But in the second half, when we weren’t at our 100 percent, they came back and you can see every team wants to beat us and show what they are capable of against us.

“I think Indonesia did well in the second half to make a good game of it but, in the end, we have great players who can make the difference.”