Singapore coach Bernd Stange claims his players are in good spirits ahead of Wednesday’s 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Group B clash with Myanmar.
Having fallen to a 2-1 loss to Thailand in their opening game last Sunday, the Lions know that victory at the National Stadium against Myanmar will be crucial to their chances of qualifying for the knockout round.
But although there was clear disappointment in the Singapore camp after losing to an 89th-minute penalty in their last game, Stange insists his charges have put that result firmly behind them.
“The team is in good spirits and morale is high,” he said. “We’re ready to go and all that’s left to do is for me to decide my starting XI tomorrow [Wednesday] morning.
“We were very unlucky to lose to Thailand after missing many chances, and we will do better against Myanmar.
“There’s no need to talk so much and there’s nothing to explain before the game as it doesn’t matter; we have to win the next two matches to ensure we qualify and that’s what we want to do.
“I expect us to do better against Myanmar and I’m confident we can achieve a positive result.”
The Singaporeans will be coming up against a familiar face on Wednesday in the form of Myanmar coach Radojko Avramovic, who led the Lions to three AFF titles in 2004, 2007 and 2012.
Although the Serb admits his side will face a tough test against Singapore, he is hoping they can cause an upset.
“Of course, there is mixed feelings playing against a team I used to be in charge of,” he said.
“It will be a very important game for both Myanmar and Singapore and I think both sides will find it tough.
“The thing is that they will be under pressure, not us.
“In our last game against Malaysia, we should have taken all three points but were not able to score from the chances we created.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to improve on that in this game.”