The Vietnamese women’s team had a second consecutive defeat against the national teams for the 2023 World Cup, but the two matches against Germany (24.6) and New Zealand (10.7) of teachers and coaches Mai Duc Chung still had problems. fundamental difference.
In the match against Germany, the Vietnamese women’s team counter-attacked effectively with 7 finishing situations, one of which was scored thanks to Thanh Nha’s dangerous shot. In the match against New Zealand at McLean Park, Huynh Nhu and his teammates’ counter-attack weapons were disabled.
The Vietnamese women’s team only had 1 remarkable stop with a solo phase on the left flank, but Thanh Nha’s quick finish. Most of the time of the match, the ball on the ball of the red shirt team was easily broken by the opponent.
The first difference is that the Vietnamese women’s team has operated a new scheme in the competition with New Zealand. In the match against Germany, coach Mai Duc Chung’s team played with a 5-4-1 formation, with Hai Yen kicking the striker, the duo Thai Thi Thao and Duong Thi Van swept in the middle, and the two sides were Thanh. Nha and Thuy Hang. With two central midfielders, the Vietnamese women’s team advocates recovering the ball in the midfield, then pushing it to the flanks for Thanh Nha and Thuy Hang to race quickly.
The array of counter-attacks based on the quick rotations from the middle to the flanks of Mr. Chung’s teachers and students surprised the opponent, as evidenced by many situations where Thanh Nha and Hai Yen exploited the gap between their lines. Virtue.
In the match against New Zealand, coach Mai Duc Chung arranged a 5-3-1-1 diagram, with the trio of Duong Thi Van, Thanh Nha and Bich Thuy in the middle, while Huynh Nhu kicked the attack behind the striker Hai Yen. . In theory, this is a scheme that gives a larger number of troops in the midfield (3 midfielders) than the old formula. However, Thanh Nha and Bich Thuy are wingers, not typical central midfielders. The tendency of both Thanh Nha and Bich Thuy to drift to the edge to speed up has made the midfield of the Vietnamese women’s team at times only Duong Thi Van worthy.
With very thin manpower in the middle of the field, the Vietnamese women’s team completely lacks the communication link between attack and defense, there are no counter-attack pieces from the center to the wings. Overwhelmed by New Zealand in the midfield, coach Mai Duc Chung’s students had to pass long and overpass a lot. This is again the shortcoming of the women’s team because Hai Yen, Huynh Nhu, and Thanh Nha are all inferior in bodybuilding, unable to overcome the opponent’s resistance.
Waiting for the change of coach Mai Duc Chung
Due to being caught in counterattack situations before New Zealand, the Vietnamese women’s team could not resist the pressure of the opponent. In the World Cup, Huynh Nhu’s opponent and teammates were much stronger than the host. In order to stand firm, it is difficult for the Vietnamese women’s team to only passively defend, but need quality counter-attacks, making it impossible for the opponent to flood the entire squad to apply pressure.
First, the coaching staff of the women’s team needs to strengthen the midfield. Coach Mai Duc Chung has midfielders who sweep and distribute the ball well like Duong Thi Van, Thai Thi Thao, Thuy Trang. Even the young player Hai Linh, who is classified as a central defender, is actually a dynamic “number 10” midfielder in the colors of Hanoi Women’s Club I. In the match against the New Zealand women’s team, Duong Thi Van played well. when he won 11 out of 14 disputes, but could not put all the midfield responsibility on the 29-year-old midfielder’s shoulders.
Coach Mai Duc Chung needs more quality central midfielders to keep the rhythm of the game, increase the time to control the ball, so that he can launch a quality counterattack as shown before the German women’s team.
In addition, the strikers of the Vietnamese women’s team need more speed. In the match against New Zealand, Thanh Nha was a rare player who could open the door to race fairly with the opponent, while Huynh Nhu and Hai Yen were the strikers who turned their backs, difficult to keep up with the continuous counter-attacks in the whole game. battle.
The Vietnamese women’s team still has good runners like Vu Thi Hoa, Thuy Hang, Van Su, … ready to support Thanh Nha in putting pressure on the opponent’s goal.
Let’s wait for the coaching staff to sharpen their counterattack weapons, so that the Vietnamese women’s team can step into the 2023 World Cup with high confidence.