Sven-Goran Eriksson: Azkals deserved to beat Singapore because we had more chances

Sven-Goran Eriksson was pleased with the Philippines’ 1-0 win over Singapore in their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup Group B clash with Singapore, in his first game as head coach of the Azkals.

The former England manager took the job on short notice and was immediately thrown into the deep end, to lead the Azkals at the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.

With less than a month’s training time with the squad, Eriksson managed to seal his first win as Azkals manager in Bacolod.

Speaking to the press after the game, Eriksson felt that his side were the better team and deserved the victory which put them level with Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia on three points.

The Swede was also quick to point out the groundwork that was done by the man he replace, Scott Cooper, and the rest of the Azkals backroom staff.

“These three points are very important for us. I think we deserved it because we were the better team. We created more chances and I’m very happy,” Eriksson said.

“I want to say thank you to the players and a big thank you to the coaches who were here before me because I have been here for one week and I cannot do everything, that’s impossible. The people in charge before me have done a great job and deserve a huge applause.”