Cambodia coach Felix Dalmas targets points from Bahrain
មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង September 9, 2019
Phnom Penh: Cambodia welcome Bahrain in their second Group C match at the National Olympic Stadium tomorrow, with Felix Dalmas hopeful to secure points from the visitors, who have much better FIFA World Ranking than Cambodia.
Cambodia secured a massive point from a 1-1 draw with Hong Kong in their Group C opener, while Bahrain conceded a late goal in a 1-1 draw with Iraq.
The Cambodia coach is grateful to the supporters, who are regarded as the twelfth players, for turning up at the National Olympic Stadium during last Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Hong Kong.
Speaking to the pre-match press conference, Felix Dalmas said: “I’m happy that we were able to make people enjoy. Our philosophy is the same. We will try to take initiatives, and we will try to perform our plan the best we can.
“The players not only performed, but also followed the plan even though we’re losing, so this is a positive sign. That means we all believe. It takes a lot of courage to play like that, and I’m happy that people are happy about it.
“We are going for the points as well [against Bahrain]. Our goal is to perform the best we can and follow our style and system. We understand that it is the process, so it takes time. It’s not just about the result, so we hope to keep improving.
“Honestly, having people support us is incredibly important, and I know how the players feel and especially when things are not going well, they bring us an extra energy to push us. That’s great, and it’s amazing.
“It gives you energy and strength. Absolutely, we feel lucky and special to have all of these supporters. When there are so many fans like that, we call it the twelfth players.”
The Argentinian coach was baffled when he was quizzed whether the artificial turf at the National Olympic Stadium could be an advantage for his side.
The 31-year-old said: “I think it is always difficult for players to change the surfaces, but I’m not sure who will benefit from it. Most of the players also play in different types of fields. It’s different from playing in the natural grass, but I’m not sure who will benefit.”
By: Sophak Huy