Thailand head coach Sirisak Yodyardthai has said that facing China PR in the upcoming China Cup 2019 will be a different preposition compared to when they took on Team Dragon in the Round of 16 of the AFC Asian Cup 2019.
The War Elephants had faced Marcello Lippi’s China in the last 16 tie of the continental championship in the United Arab Emirates back in January 2019 and had even taken the lead in the game through Supachai Jaided in the 31st minute.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Thailand 1-0 China PR – Supachai Jaided (31′)
However, a resurgent China came out strong in the second half and won the game courtesy of goals from Xiao Zhi, in the 67th minute, and Gao Lin, in the 71st minute from the penalty spot.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Thailand 1-2 China PR – Gao Lin (71′)
They will now meet the Chinese again in the China Cup 2019 where the two teams clash on March 21 at the Guangxi Sports Centre in Nanning. Uzbekistan and Uruguay, headlined by the likes of Luis Suarez and Diego Godin, are the other teams in the tournament.
“This game requires experience from a stronger team as our opponents are very powerful. If we can with the tournament, we can consider it as a bonus. The opening encounter against China will be different from the match we played in the AFC Asian Cup,” said coach Sirisak who announced his 23-man squad for the tournament recently.
“I can’t say how the match will pan out but let us see how it goes on the field,” he said. Sirisak also added that he will try to get the Thailand players at their best levels despite having little time for preparations before the China Cup.
“I have consulted my coaching staff before cutting he player to final 23 as we have little time to prepare. But we must understand the situation of the clubs as well because they will want to keep their players during important matches in the club football season — just like anywhere else around the world,” he said.
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“But many of these players have played together, and I think we wouldn’t want to make much changes,” Sirisak, who replaced Milovan Rajevac during the Asian Cup, said.
Uruguay will face Uzbekistan, also on March 21, with the winners of the two ties facing each other in the final on March 25 while the losers taking on each other in a third-place play-off on the same day.