The progress of the Indonesian national team in the 2020 AFF Cup has been quite surprising so far. Special credit deserves to go to the South Korean coach, Shin Tae-yong .

Many predict that the Indonesian national team will not escape the hellish group which is also inhabited by the defending champions Vietnam and the Malaysian national team. However, Shin Tae-yong reversed all these predictions.

The Indonesian national team even walked to the semifinals and won Group B. Vietnam was the runner up, and Malaysia was eliminated.

Shin Tae-yong showed extraordinary character in the group stage of the 2020 AFF Cup. He always humbled and praised his opponent before the match. But, on the field, he fought like a knight.

In fact, when the Indonesian national team was questioned by many, he remained calm.

In the end, Shin Tae-yong was able to break the predictions of many parties. Safee Sali had to swallow his saliva because Malaysia failed to qualify for the semifinals. So is Gabriel Tan, an ESPN journalist .

Indonesia qualified for the semifinals as winners of Group B. And, this success story cannot be separated from Shin Tae-yong’s humility through humble comments.

Emoh Brags Champion
At the official press conference session ahead of the AFF Cup group stage, Shin Tae-yong didn’t boast much. He said Indonesia was in a difficult group. There is no promise that the title of champion will be brought to Mother Earth.

So maybe we can get a champion too,” said Shin Tae-yong.

Cambodia Praised, Then Thrown
Indonesia opened the 2020 AFF Cup by beating Cambodia 4-2. Before the fight, Shin Tae-yong gave words of praise to the potential opponent. After being praised, then defeated.

“Perhaps many thought Cambodia was good at yesterday’s ball game. For that we will prepare, and will play harder so that we can win,” added Shin Tae-yong.

Praise Vietnam Best Team
Ahead of the duel against Vietnam, Shin Tae-yong said Park Hang-seo’s troops were the best team in Southeast Asia and strong candidates for the championship.

“For sure Vietnam is a very good team even though they lost six times in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers in the Asian Zone,” said Shin Tae-yong.

The match against Vietnam ended with the score 0-0. Once the match was over, Shin Tae-yong again acknowledged the greatness of Vietnam.

Vietnam is the best team. If we look at our abilities, we are more or less,” he said.

Kudos to Malaysia
Just like against Vietnam and Cambodia, Shin Tae-yong also praised the Malaysian national team. The former South Korean national team coach said the Malayan Tigers were stronger than the Garuda Squad.

“Hopefully we get a good result against Malaysia, a better team than us because we gave 100 per cent,” said Shin Tae-yong before the game.

However, Indonesia then won with a score of 4-1. The mental factor is the key to Indonesia’s victory.

Honest to Laos
The only ‘snooty’ attitude of Shin Tae-yong may occur ahead of the duel against Laos. He called Laos the weakest team in Group B. However, it was an honest opinion and proved to be true.

Laos is the one who concedes a lot of goals in this group and also their player skills are not good too,” said Shin Tae-yong.

“For sure we can get a win from Laos,” he said.

The ball is round
There are many who doubt the progress of the Indonesian national team in the 2020 AFF Cup. Evan Dimas and colleagues are predicted to fail to qualify for the group phase. But, before breaking that prediction, Shin Tae-yong gave a classic and classy answer.

But the ball is round. So indeed, if many people think like that, what can I do,” said Shin Tae-yong.

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By Raufs