Asian Cup 2019: Thailand caretaker Sirisak Yodyadthai stays positive ahead of Bahrain clash

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Thailand caretaker Sirisak Yodyadthai has insisted it will be business as usual when his side look to reignite their Asian Cup hopes against Bahrain.

A shock 4-1 humbling by India when they kicked off their tournament last Sunday caused Serbia’s Milovan Rajevac to be removed. The War Elephants now seek a vital first three-point haul in Group A when they meet Bahrain – who drew 1-1 with hosts UAE – at Al Maktoum Stadium.

“I have been an assistant to Rajevac since his appointment, and this is the same group of players that has been (with us) in the training camp,” said Yodyadthai. “There are a lot of things we are adjusting tactically, where we’re trying to do better in our attacking and also focusing on our defence.

“Obviously we want to give our fans something to cheer about. All the players and officials are going to do their best and show the Thai fans that we are still motivated.”

In contrast, the Bahrainis are looking to build on a promising opening. A surprise winning start was only denied to them by an 88th-minute penalty from substitute Ahmed Khalil at Zayed Sports City on Saturday.

Coach Miroslav Soukup promised there would be no let up from his troops.

The Czech said: “We are looking forward (to it), because if we want to qualify we can’t play for a draw.

“I hope that we will follow our performance from the second half in the match against the UAE and do our best to win against Thailand.”

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