Chappuis wary of Malaysia despite two-goal cushion

Thailand midfielder Charyl Chappuis believes that his team cannot afford to take it easy against Malaysia in the second leg of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup final.

The War Elephants hold a 2-0 lead on aggregate after dispatching the Harimau Malaya with ease through second-half goals from Chappuis and Kroekrit Thaweekarn in the first leg at the Rajamangala Stadium.

They are currently favourites to end their title drought that has lasted for 12 years, as no team has ever overcome a deficit from the first leg of an AFF Championship final since the implementation of the two-legged format in 2004.

However, Chappuis insisted that his team cannot assume that victory is already secured.

“It will not be easy,” the Swiss-born playmaker said.

“I think Malaysia, playing at home, will try everything and press us high up the pitch.

“But we came here to bring the trophy back to Thailand and will give everything [to achieve that].”

Chappuis, who is still in the running for the Golden Boot, has seen a rise in prominence over the course of the tournament, especially among the female fans, but he maintained that he puts the team’s interest before his own.

“I’m proud to play for Thailand and I give 100% every time,” Chappuis said.

“I have now been in Thailand for two years and everything has proceeded very fast.

“I’m enjoying every moment and I’m happy with how things have turned out.

“But in the end, what counts is what you do for your team.

“You need your team-mates and it’s all about the team [and not just the top-scorer award].”

(Photo: Kamthorn Pornsakulpaisal)