In the press conference room after the match, coach Nishino admitted he kept the starting line up against Bahrain because “all 11 players understood the system and were too familiar with each other”.
Mr. Nishino said no mistake. It is no coincidence that Thailand U23 crush Bahrain to 5-0 in the first round and sometimes overwhelms Australia.
But also by keeping the 11-person system that made Thailand suffer a bitter defeat at Rajamangala.
The mobility of star players from Buriram United such as Supachok, Supachai and Suphanat helped U23 Thailand completely overwhelm Australia. There are even times when the visitors only take the match after receiving continuous punches from Thailand’s diverse and diversified attack.
Highlights in this way of kicking Thailand are two full-backs Thitathorn and Marhasaranukun rising very high when attacking. The Thai system was then 2-4-4 instead of 4-2-3-1 as usual. The overwhelming number of troops when attacking gives Thailand many options to deploy.
With just a few simple combinations, No. 3 Thitathorn has the opportunity to finish. This is also the situation that created a goal for Thailand.
Besides, the ability to move synchronously and intelligently of players like Supachok or Suphanat makes the Thai side pieces especially dangerous. From such a arrangement, U23 Thailand had an opening goal.
At this point, the downside of keeping the starting lineup unchanged is obvious. Supachai and Suphanat after 2 games running at full capacity in just 3 days, they were tense and had to leave the field. This type of injury is not too harmful in the long run but when the player is involved, he will definitely have to leave the field.
Trauma and replacement are not the worst hurdles. The rest of Thailand’s players also after two games of full capacity were exhausted in the rest. They were constantly cramping, shaking their heads and demanding replacement. The substitution is limited, so U23 Thailand almost fell into a handicap situation in the second half of the second half.
The table conceded thus came in an inevitable way with Thailand. They can only walk and so much effort is not enough before Australia is particularly prolific.
U23 Thailand has times overwhelming Australia, can even be considered as overwhelming opponents with technology, the ability to coordinate methodically and efforts of individual stars.