Riedl: We have nothing to lose

Indonesia’s coach, Alfred Riedl, believes that even though his team have an aggregate lead over Vietnam heading into the second leg of their AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final tie, there is no pressure on them to progress.

Heading into the first-leg, few gave Indonesia a chance against a Vietnam team packed with quality and experience.

However, a gritty performance saw Riedl’s men grind their way to a 2-1 victory.

On the verge of knocking out the tournament favourites, Riedl insists that the enormity of potentially achieving that feat will not weigh his players down.

Instead, he wants everyone involved to be proud of what they have already achieved and to simply live and play in the moment in the second leg on Wednesday.

“It is incredible how far we have come in this event considering everything,” Riedl said.

“We have nothing to lose.

“We face a very strong Vietnam side who we did very well to beat in the first leg at the weekend.

“But we start all over again tomorrow and face another tough challenge.

“We certainly came to try and win the tournament of course but there were many uncertainties.

“We have got better as the event has progressed and hopefully that will continue.

“We were an unknown quantity and sometimes that works in your favour.”