MANILA, Philippines – The mens's national football team is all set for the their bout against the national football team of Cambodia, head coach Thomas Dooley said in a press conference on Thursday, November 13.
"I believe in my players that's why I am not scared." Dooley told the media. "But I am a little bit concerned because of the mistakes we did in the previous match. We cannot make those mistakes for the next game and for the Suzuki cup. We want take care about those mistakes for the next games."
He added the Cambodian team will be a perfect team to play against before the team leaves for the big tournament later this month.
"We wanna play against a team that is difficult to play against but not too difficult. Its always important to have a home game before leaving for a big tournament."
The former skipper of the US men's national football team, on the other hand, stated "the team is playing nice football. Our players are good enough to be the best team. But you have to be aggressive from start to finish. If we can do that, I am confident with our team. We can be successful not just in the suzuki cup but also for the future tournaments."
Dooley stressed that defense will be the team's focus going into the match.
"I want less shots on goal. Defenders have to do whatever they can to do their job."
However, he revealed that the services of goalkeepers Roland Muller and Neil Etheridge will not be available until after the group stage.
The friendly between the two national squads comes as part of the series of games to boost the Azkals' preparations going into the Suzuki Cup.