2016 Suzuki Cup Final: The keys to victory

Indonesia are worthy adversaries against Thailand in the Suzuki Cup two-legged final. It will be a smashing game and FourFourTwo previews what each side must do or not in order to earn the title. 

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Three keys to victory for Indonesia

Press high and pressure Tanaboon Kesarat and Sarach Yooyen


Tanaboon and co already leaked two goals to Indonesia

Tanaboon (assuming he is fit) is growing into a very composed player indeed and likes to bring the ball out from deep to start another attack, often by giving the ball to Sarach, the man who ties it all together at the heart of the Thai team.

If there is a weakness in the War Elephants, it is at the back. Putting the back three under pressure is a good idea as there is often a little too much space between the centre-backs and winning the ball high up the pitch is not only possible against this team, it could be very profitable.

Even if that does not work out, it will help to disrupt the supply to Sarach. The Muangthong man goes about his work quietly and very efficiently. Anything that makes his life harder reduces Thailand's effectiveness.

Don't be too defensive

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Test the Thais in the air

Coach Alfred Riedl is considering whether to play 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 or, as was used in the opening game of the tournament against Thailand, a 4-1-4-1.

The Austrian has instilled some flexibility which is impressive given the lack of preparation the team has had.

What is also an option is that Manahati Lestusen can, if the need arises, drop back from defensive midfield into defence to give Indonesia a 5-4-1 formation and plenty of men behind the ball if Thailand put the Garudas under pressure.

While formations don't automatically equate to a certain way of playing, Indonesia can't defend for 180 minutes. There is nothing wrong with a little caution but if you sit back and park the bus against Thailand at home and away, eventually they are going to find a way through. Indonesia are at their best going forward and they should stick to their guns.

Test Thailand's aerial defences


Thailand have only conceded two goals in the tournament so far and nobody will need reminding that both were scored by Indonesia in the opening game. Both were also headers that were poorly defended against.

If it works once (or twice), it can work again. Indonesia have the wingers capable of getting into good positions and whipping the ball in and the team boasts fine headers of the ball in Boaz Solossa and then there is Stefano Lilipaly who has a knack of arriving in the box at just the right time.

Thailand have not been tested nearly enough and it’s about time they were.