Leonardo Vitorino on the Cambodian Classic Match: It is harder than any other league match

March 14, 2019 - 4:45 PM | អត្ថបទដោយ៖ ណាវឌ្ឍន៍

Phnom Penh Crown begin their new league campaign this Saturday as they entertain Boeung Ket in the Cambodian Classic Match at the RSN Stadium, with this mouthwatering encounter expected to be the toughest match by Leonardo Vitorino.  The Brazilian, who was named the new Phnom Penh Crown head coach in October 2018, has some concerns due to the absence of several local players in the training due to injury and national team duty. Orn Chanpolin, Brak Thiva, Yeu Muslim, Seut Baraing, Yue Safy, and Svang Samnang, who helped Cambodia reach the semi-final of the recent AFF U22 Championships, have just returned to full training sessions with the club this week.

With Leonardo Vitorino having the full squad training together, the 45-year-old is hopeful that Phnom Penh Crown will be able to produce a strong performance against Boeung Ket in their opening Metfone Cambodian League match. Leonardo Vitorino told ppcfc.com: “This is the first week that I have all the players to train [together] since I arrived here in Cambodia. Some players were in the National Team, and some players were injured. “This week, we start to improve the team to begin the league campaign in the buildup and also create some changes in the team because this game [against Boeung Ket] will be very hard. I hope we can produce a good game for our supporters.

“This game will be more difficult than any other. It’s the first game that will start the league with just one week that we have all players training together, and it is also my first but big game in the league. It’s good because we are learning more about football each day, so this will make us stronger in the future. “I have told my players that this game cannot decide who will be the Champions in the League, but we will need to play good football. When you have a good performance during the game, you can win it. We have to make a good performance in all the League [games] to be at the top at the end. The target of Phnom Penh Crown is win the League.”

Leonardo Vitorino has called on the fans whom he regards as the twelfth players to turn up at the RSN Stadium to give Phnom Penh Crown’s players a huge motivation for this Saturday’s match. “The supporters have to bring their voice to the RSN Stadium,” said the Brazilian head coach.

“If they support our team during all the games, we will be strong. We need to play all the matches with our 12th players [supporters] as they can sing and bring motivation during the game to our players. “I hope all Cambodian people who like football will come to our games with their red jersey of Phnom Penh Crown. We have to be proud to support one serious and professional team in the League.”

Prepared: Sophak