Bullish Stange predicts Singapore win

Head coach Bernd Stange believes Singapore has the quality to beat Myanmar on Wednesday evening in a must-win game at the Singapore Sports Hub.

The 2-1 loss against Thailand has left Singapore in a precarious situation, where anything but a win will more or less confirm the defending champions' exit from the group stage.

Stange is positive of the team's chances though, and doesn't think a second successive defeat is on the cards.

“It doesn’t matter if we drew or lost against Thailand, we have to win the next two matches to stay in the tournament,” he said.

“I expect an attacking Singapore team, and a massive compact [defending] team from Myanmar which will go for counter attacks after analysing their matches.

“I don’t expect Myanmar to dominate the game. If we continue to play this way then it should be enough to beat Myanmar.”

Stange, who is in his first AFF Suzuki Cup, went on to give a detailed explanation of what he wants to see from his charges.

 “We have to be patient, play attacking football and create enough chances to win the match,” he explained.

“Our players have to find the right answers to every single question and learn how to react.

“We should be expecting more during the tournament. We had one of the hardest opponents at the start but during the tournament, we have to find our way.

“I need [the players to have] concentration, focus, patience, and believe in the way we play our football.”

Meanwhile, Myanmar head coach Raddy Avramovic, who guided Singapore to their three AFF championships, was less than impressed with his counterpart’s comments.

“Let him (Stange) say whatever he wants,” Avramovic said.

“Against Malaysia, we tried to score goals and I don’t see any difference in how we play.

“I will let the players make decisions [and express themselves] on the field.”