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Tardy Seeks Improvement Ahead of India Rematch

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

Tardy Seeks Improvement Ahead of India Rematch

Head Coach, National Youth Teams Richard Tardy will be expecting an improved showing from his charges when they take on the India Under-23 National Team at Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Wednesday night.

In the first of two friendlies played against their Indian counterparts on Sunday, the Young Lions conceded late through a Germanpreet Singh strike 10 minutes from time to fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat.

While he commended his players’ spirit during the match, Tardy felt that they had to work on retaining possession.

“We will try to reduce the mistakes we made and try to keep more of the ball,” he said.

“When we recover the ball, it gives us a chance to break on the counter; unfortunately we lose the ball too easily and it’s something we need to work on. We were decent on some occasions but the final pass was just missing. Before we can talk about our defensive side of the game, we need to get into good positions especially when on the attack.”

According to Tardy, this could in turn result in his team running lesser and being able to conserve more energy.  

“In football, the team with the ball runs lesser than team without the ball. When you run more than your opponents, you will waste more energy trying to recover the lost balls and you will get tired,” he noted.

“Also, I did not want to push my players too much as most of them are tired after playing too many games in a short space of time for both their club and the Under-23s.

“We will perhaps work on pace and speed and power in future training sessions. But we must get into good positions and we are looking to improve.”  

The Young Lions started with a four-pronged attack in their last game as Ikhsan Fandi spearheaded the frontline with Hanafi Akbar in support just behind him. Amiruldin Asraf and Taufik Suparno meanwhile took up the wide positions.

And Tardy was pleased with what he saw from them.

“In the last game, some players satisfied me with how they played,” he shared. “Hanafi played a full game, Ikhsan is coming back to a good level with each passing game; Irfan (Fandi) and Adam Swandi also did well, so I’m glad to see that happening.”  

While he acknowledges the need to get results, Tardy remains optimistic.

“I know we need to get results, but I prefer to be compact in our style of play,” he said.

“We need to continue to build and prepare. Some players didn’t manage to play on Sunday, for example Hami (Syahin), Joshua (Pereira) and Muhaimin (Suhaimi). Haiqal Pashia who played well in Qatar is also another one.

“I hope these players will come back soon; they won’t be ready to start but I’m hoping they can play at least one half because they are players who can cause (the opponents) some problems.”

Hanafi is meanwhile looking to bounce back from that narrow defeat to India and has vowed to do his best for the team.

The 22-year-old put in a good shift in a no. 10 role, providing the link between midfield and attack for the Young Lions and was able to fashion out some good openings for his team.

“I feel we were just unlucky because the boys played well and showed great fighting spirit,” he reflected.

“Sometimes results don’t go your way but I believe we will definitely do better in our next match.”


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