Ahead of their clash against Malaysia in the Airmarine Cup 2019, Singapore coach Nazri Nasir is feeling positive.
The two are considered big rivals in the ASEAN scene and it is a highly-anticipated battle to start their Airmarine Cup 2019 campaign.
Speaking in reports, the Singapore coach revealed: “The pressure is like a pleasure.
“I am taking this game positively. I see it as a challenge and hope this can rub off on the players.”
In a cheerful state, the caretaker coach has only trained the team twice but still seem ready for the task at hand.
Nazri admitted that the players are ready and are looking to impress.
“Even from one training session, I can see all players are eager to go. Guys like (Khairul) Amri, (Khairul) Nizam, Yasir (Hanapi), Gabriel (Quak) and Faris (Ramli) all looked very sharp. All players are hungry to be in the first XI.
“We are not going to sit and wait for Malaysia to attack us. We will pressure them from the start. Chances are very few at international games but when they appear, I want the players to be focused and take these chances.
“We are not expecting a draw. Malaysia will be a very tough opponent, this is a very big rivalry and both sides want to win. But I trust my players to deliver.”
Meanwhile Malaysia coach Tan Cheng Hoe claimed: “Their (the Malaysian players’) spirits are high – that’s good, but I want to make sure they adapt to the way we play.
“It is different from their clubs. Training sessions have been different for them, but they’ve adjusted.
“Playing against Singapore is not going to be easy. I’ve told the boys not to be emotional but just concentrate on the game.”
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