Malaysia is different now: RI coach (Final AFF 2010/2 leg)
Posted by Emg Trading & Services on 27 December, 2010
Indonesian coach Alfred Riedl says fellow AFF Cup finalist Malaysia has become a stronger team after losing to Indonesia in the group stage.
“We have a 50-50 chance. We have beaten Malaysia 5-1 in the group stage, but they are now different,” he said on Sunday as quoted by kompas.com news portal.
Riedl asked his players to concentrate on Malaysia after they twice defeated the Philippines 1-0 in the semifinal leg matches.
Malaysia beat Vietnam 2-0 in the first leg of semifinals and held them to a 0-0 draw in the second.
Striker Irfan Bachdim believes that Indonesia will be able to overturn a 3-0 defeat to Malaysia when both teams meet in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup finals second leg in Jakarta on Wednesday.
“I can’t sleep after the loss,” Irfan tweeted. “We believe we can do it in Jakarta.”
He also said laser beams could not be blamed for the defeat.
“We must do it better than last night,” he said. “A winner will never give up.”
Meanwhile, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Sunday Indonesian players must not lose heart after bowing out to Malaysia in the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup finals.
“Don’t lose heart and don’t blame each other,” Yudhoyono said as quoted by kompas.com after watching the match live from his home in Cikeas, Bogor.
Indonesia lost 0-3 to Malaysia in a match which was marred by a number of laser beam shots by Malaysian supporters to Indonesian players.
Yudhoyono called on Indonesian supporters to continue giving supports to the national team in the second leg of the finals on Wednesday in Jakarta.