Azkals skipper on Vietnam clash

Philippines captain Rob Grier has expressed his excitement about their upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup match against Vietnam at the My Dinh National Stadium.

The Azkals have already secured their place in the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup semi-finals, as have their opponents Vietnam, however, the winner will top the group and possibly secure a favourable semi-final.

Gier said: "It's lucky that we are in a position where we don't have to win the game. In my opinion, Vietnam is one of the favourites of the tournament.

"It's a big bonus for us to go into the match without needing a win, but obviously we want to keep the momentum going, we want to stay strong and keep the team's morality high, so we will go out for a win.

He was impressed by what he has seen from the Vietnam side in the tournament so far, adding: "They are strong throughout the whole team. The way they attack is very exciting, very dynamic. There is a lot of pace there.

"The first 20 or 25 minutes will be very important because no doubt fans will be 100 per cent behind their team. They'll try to attack and attack again. If we can hold up, we will have a chance."

Gier fancies his side’s chances of lifting the Cup at the end of the tournament, but says all the semi-finalists will be in with a chance.

He said: "Can we win it? I think we have enough quality, but there are also three other excellent teams in the semi-finals. This is an extremely difficult competition where every team can beat anyone, so we have just to make sure that we're on our game in the next two or three weeks and then hopefully on December 20, we'll be the one to lift that cup."