Semi-final second leg preview: Thailand v Myanmar

Myanmar boss Gerd Zeise admits defending champions Thailand already have “one-and-a-half legs” in the AFF Suzuki Cup final.

A brace from Teerasil Dangda put Thailand in a commanding position in their two-legged semi-final tie after the War Elephants secured a 2-0 away victory.

The pair meet again for the return leg at the Rajamangala Stadium today, with Zeise under no illusions about the size of Myanmar’s task against a Thailand side boasting a 100 per cent record in the tournament.

“Thailand have one-and-a-half legs in the final but we will take our mini-chance and do our best,” said the German.

“We want to put on a performance to satisfy our people back home. Thailand is a big team so it will be difficult.

“I have many plans but we need to avoid defensive mistakes like we made in the first leg, then we can play very well.

“I hope that we can have more luck in this match, luck we lacked in the first leg.”

Opposite number Kiatisuk Senamuang has urged his players to avoid complacency in a bid to finish the job and secure a meeting with Indonesia in the final.

However, he is considering shuffling his pack and resting those players at risk of suspension.

“To avoid second yellow cards and thereby suspensions, we can rotate our players as we have a 23-man squad,” he said.

“We will not underestimate Myanmar.

“We got the win in the first leg but I’ve told my players to forget about that game and focus on this match as we want to show a good performance in front of our fans.”

In head-to-head matches between the two countries, Thailand have the edge over Myanmar having never lost in six meetings dating back to January 2007.

head-to-head:

04/12/16 Myanmar 0-2 Thailand
29/11/14 Thailand 2-0 Myanmar
27/11/12 Myanmar 0-4 Thailand
15/07/11 Thailand 1-1 Myanmar
14/07/11 Thailand 1-0 Myanmar
12/01/07 Thailand 1-1 Myanmar

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