Yesterday afternoon (July 17), the draw for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for Asia took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the headquarters of the Asian Football Confederation.
Lucky draws have brought Vietnam to a group full of charms with rivals: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE.
Most experts think that this is a difficult group for Vietnam when they have to be in the same group with opponents of equal or higher level.
Even former Vietnamese player Le Cong Vinh affirmed that this is a group that can be said to be a table of death:
“This is a strong group, not a weak one. Our competitors are Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia are all strong, not Brunei or Timor Leste. Therefore, we should not rush to rejoice.
The other opponent is the UAE. In terms of position, they are the strongest team. But I am not worried because we are very fortunate with the West Asian teams. The key is still the competitors in Southeast Asia.”
However, the Vietnamese football legend is still confident in his juniors’ chances to continue:
“We have a group of quality players who have been successful in many different tournaments from the U23 to the Asian Cup.
They have a chance to compete with big opponents such as Japan, Korea or West Asian teams. If they maintain their current performance, in my opinion, Vietnam who is not in the group will also come in second with the best record to win tickets to the final round of Asia.”
Although still optimistic, but surely Vietnamese fans are still quite worried when looking at this group. These are all dirty opponents and it is not easy for Vietnam to defeat.
However, all still put their trust in Mr. Park and his students. The journey of the Vietnamese team in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers will begin on September 5 with a trip to Thailand.