Ahead of the 2020 AFF Cup Final Leg 2, Thailand Coach Praises Chanathip Songkrasin

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ONENEWS.MY.ID, Jakarta – Thailand national team coach, Alexandre Polking, praises his squad’s attacking midfielder, Chanathip Songkrasin ahead of the 2020 AFF Cup final second leg match against Indonesia at the National Stadium, Singapore, Saturday, January 1, 2022.

“Actually, all of our players played very well during the 2020 AFF Cup. However, I can’t just ignore Chanathip’s quality both on and off the field,” Polking said in a virtual press conference before the match, Friday, December 31, 2021.

According to the Brazilian and German tactician, Chanathip has a series of abilities that make him one of the best players in the Southeast Asian region.

Evidently, the 28-year-old footballer plays regularly at the top Japanese league club J1 League, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. He made 115 appearances for his team in the J1 League, scoring 14 goals and 21 . assists.

“He dared to take risks by competing in Japan, a league of higher quality (than Thailand). In the process, Chanathip became one of the best players in Japan. That already explains how good he is,” said Polking.

Thailand national team coach Alexandre Polking. (affsuzukicup.com)

Chanathip Songkrasin was one of the players who helped Thailand win the men’s soccer gold medal at the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games and won the 2014 and 2016 AFF Cups.

Now, in the 2020 AFF Cup, he is still the backbone of Thailand. He has scored four goals in the tournament which temporarily crowned Chanathip as one of the most fertile players along with compatriots Teerasil Dangda and Bienvienido Maranon (Philippines) and Safawi Rasid (Malaysia).

Two of these four goals were scored by Chanathip against Indonesia when Thailand won 4-0 in the first leg of the 2020 AFF Cup final, last Wednesday.

The last match of the Indonesian national team vs Thailand in the second match of the 2020 AFF Cup final will start at 19.30 WIB or 20.30 local time.

Also Read: Thailand Vs Indonesia Second AFF Cup Final Schedule

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