French coach Philippe Troussier believes that the upcoming match between Vietnam and Indonesia will be a tough battle for both teams. He emphasized the importance of entering the game with a fighting spirit, similar to playing in the SEA Games or AFF Cup final. Troussier acknowledged that Indonesia has strong teamwork and balanced offensive strategies, along with a determined defensive lineup. However, Vietnam is confident and well-prepared for the match. The goal for Vietnam is to secure maximum points in the group stage to advance to the next round. The match against Indonesia is crucial for both teams’ future in the tournament. Vietnam suffered a 2-4 defeat against Japan in their previous match, while Indonesia lost 1-3 to Iraq. Vietnam will continue their offensive strategy in the upcoming match and aim to maintain possession. The match will take place at 9:30 pm, Vietnam time, and will be broadcasted live on national TV channel VTV5 and the FPT platform. The 2023 AFC Asian Cup features 24 teams divided into six groups, with the top two teams from each group and the four best third-placed teams advancing to the Round of 16.

Vietnamese goalkeeper Nguyen Filip speaks at a press conference before the 2023 AFC Asian Cup group-stage game between Vietnam and Indonesia in Qatar, January 18, 2024. Photo: Hoang Tuan / Tuoi Tre