Lions adapting well to new formation, but need to take chances: Hariss

Singapore vice-captain Hariss Harun said his side is coming to grips with the new 3-4-3 formation, but will need to be more clinical as the Lions gear up for a crunch Asian Cup home qualifier against Turkmenistan on Tuesday night.

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The Lions’ new system was put to the test in their 1-1 friendly draw with Hong Kong last Thursday and Hariss believes they are ready to do a similar - if not better job against Turkmenistan at Jalan Besar Stadium. 

The Lions are bottom of their group after just one point from two outings, while Turkmenistan sit in second spot (three points).

You can see we created enough chances to win that game. Of course there’s always room for improvement and we need to put away the chances

“One important part of the Hong Kong game was that every single player on the field understood their roles,” said Hariss at the pre-match press conference held at M Hotel Singapore on Monday afternoon.

“Given that it’s a new system which we have never played before, we did well to understand the tactical part,” he added.

“You can see we created enough chances to win that game. Of course there’s always room for improvement and we need to improve on putting away the chances.”

There are a couple of changes that Singapore coach V Sundramoorthy may make to the side that started against Hong Kong. 

Safuwan Baharudin could start for the Lions against Turkmenistan

Faritz Hameed has been recalled after recovering from injury and could start in place of Emmeric Ong at right wing-back, while Safuwan Baharudin could replace Nazrul Nazari in attack after coming off the bench to score the equaliser against Hong Kong. 

Focus on attack

“There could be some changes, but more or less we need to be going forward – to try to attack and score goals,” said Sundram, who has overseen just two wins in 17 matches since taking over in May 2016. 

“I looked at the strengths of the team and what we have (to decide on a new formation). We have more balance in this formation to move forward.

“Turkmenistan is physically very strong. But with the fans turning up at Jalan Besar and the boys being motivated, anything is possible. We should go out there and be ready to battle.” 

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