Cambodia coach Felix Dalmas defends his philosophy of football despite heavy defeat to Iran

មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង October 11, 2019


Felix Dalmas is not too much concerned about heavy defeat as he has defended his philosophy of football despite a miserable 14-0 loss to Iran in the Group C match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round.

The Cambodia coach had instructed his players to apply attacking football even though they faced a far better side the like of Iran, who completely dominated last night’s clash that saw them snatch three comfortable points at home.

Under the coaching of Felix Dalmas and the management of Keisuke Honda, Cambodia like to play short passes and apply build-up play from the goalkeeper, and this worked pretty well in their first two Group C matches at home as they secured a 1-1 draw against Hong Kong and were beaten 1-0 by Bahrain.

However, Felix Dalmas’s tactic didn’t work against Iran, who are tactically and mentally far better than the KoupreyBlues, but the Argentinian is still proud of his players for their hard work.

Speaking to last night’s post-match press conference, Felix Dalmas said: “We had a plan when we arrived here. Our plan was not to defend. For the future of Cambodian football, we try to follow our philosophy of football. This is a change, so you need to challenge it.

“I’m proud of them. In whatever situation, we try to maintain our attacking spirit, so this is a big value. This is the way that football of this country can move forward.”


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By៖ Sophak Huy