Felix Dalmas’s assessment on Cambodia’s 1-0 defeat to Bahrain

មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង September 11, 2019


Phnom Penh៖ Cambodia displayed a great team performance, but Kamil Al-Aswad’s second-half volley helped Bahrain snatch all three points in a hard-fought 1-0 victory at the National Olympic Stadium last night.

Felix Dalmas praised his side for their ability to play under pressure as Cambodia liked to apply the build-up play from goalkeeper Keo Soksela, who made a lot of brilliant saves before conceding goal from the set piece.

The Cambodia coach is still ambitious to improve the team and deploys the Cambodia style of play as he has done a massive job in helping to improve his players’ confidence and teamwork.

Felix Dalmas said: “We played against a very strong team, [but] we never stopped taking initiative or playing our football. For every moment of the game, we wanted to do it very well. This is a great test for us, and now we keep improving for the next chances. Honestly, like I said last time – it’s a process as we have been together for one year.

“Even though they gave us pressure and were leading 1-0, the team still tried to compete, created the chances, and did the Cambodia style. We are happy to see that, and we will keep improving on that.

“The way that the team sacrificed, the belief in the plan – as we played against a brilliant team, it took courage and needed a lot of skills to do what they did. Unfortunately at the end, we couldn’t keep the point, but all the players in the game are great on and off the field.

“We’ve improved a lot including the way the players play under pressure, but there are still many things we need to improve more. We are not satisfied enough, so we are looking to improve more. We also have to appreciate the ways the players did.”


By: Sophak Huy