Cambodia were beaten 3-1 at home by Malaysia in their international friendly match at the National Olympic Stadium, but Bin Chantha Thierry was happy as his side could follow Manager Keisuke Honda’s tactic well.
The French-Khmer defensive midfielder was so close to score early for Cambodia, but his fabulous free-kick from the right-hand side was denied by the bar.
The home side produced an outstanding display in the first thirty minutes of the play through their hard pressing, dominating the possession and creating several chances.
Through their hard pressing, several Cambodia plyers got tired just after the half way of the match, allowing Malaysia to punish them in the second half as they scored three consecutive goals to secure a 3-1 come-back win after Hong Pheng put the hosts in front in the first half.
Following a 3-1 home defeat, Bin Chantha Thierry learned that Cambodia need to improve their stamina to be able to apply Manager Keisuke Honda’s high-pressing tactic ahead of their AFF Suzuki Cup campaign that will take place in the next few months.
Bin Chantha Thierry told TheMorning: “I’m happy with the teamwork and how we followed the tactic from the coach, and even we were together for only few days.
“It [free-kick] was a big miss as I wanted to score, but that’s OK. That didn’t change my mind, and I’m happy I could set up our first goal.
“We let them have the ball when we had less energy, and we gave away the goal by small mistake that cost us the goal. We should have kept the ball more. It’s not even about the technique but more about the focus and understanding of the game.
“Yes for sure [pressing hard] one of the reasons that made us tired, and that’s our stamina. We followed the rules and tactic of the coach asking us to play with high pressing and intensity, but it was positive.
“The positive is we followed the tactic from the coach, and we did well in the first half. We worked really hard all together as a team, but our stamina was not there.
“I think we need to work on that [stamina], and we also need to improve our capacity to be calm and keep the ball even in high pressing from the opponents.
“The biggest positive point is our great fans who are always behind us even with the rain and during the game they cheered for us.”
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