Muangthong struggling for form as meeting with Frontale looms

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Muangthong United are in a small crisis ahead of Tuesday’s AFC Champions League clash with Kawasaki Frontale.

The Thai League 1 champions have lost their last four in a row, with a trio of domestic defeats following their loss to Kashima Antlers in the group stages of Asia’s premier club competition.

Having surrendered top spot in the domestic league standings, the Twin Qilins need a good result in front of their own fans at the SCG Stadium.

United manager Totchtawan Sripan is obviously concerned with his team’s recent showings, but has reason to believe they will offer more against Frontale.

Speaking after his team’s 3-2 loss against Ubon on the weekend, Sripan explained the group needed to be more comfortable executing different game plans.

“Why our players are finding it so difficult to switch tactics is the biggest question that we are facing,” Totchtawan said, via the Bangkok Post.

“It is obvious that we can’t put to use our game plan for the AFC Champions League in local matches.

“This was a home match so we had to attack, which allowed our opponents to counter-attack and our defenders couldn’t handle it.

“We tied the score but then let them net two more.

“We tried to turn things around but unfortunately we don’t have a game-changer on our bench.”

As far as game-changers go, United will turn to captain and star playmaker Teerasil Dangda, who already has 10 goals from just 16 Thai Premier League appearances in 2017.

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The Japanese side make their trip to Nonthaburi in much better form, having won their last four on the trot without conceding, most recently putting three past Kashima Antlers in their last outing.

Although these sides have never met on the pitch before, Frontale will consider themselves favourites due to their superior form in recent weeks, while for Muangthong this could be a pivotal match, as a win could revive their fortunes while defeat would just deepen their malaise.

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