S'pore team needs to play attacking football

It is disappointing to note that national football coach V. Sundramoorthy is still focused on defence (Safety-first gambit still the strategy; June 4).

To boost the team's chances of being one of top two in Group E, so that it will be able to reach the 2019 Asian Cup finals in the United Arab Emirates, the team needs to change.

The national team has managed to score only a handful of goals in the 13 international games they played recently.

The resultant two wins, three draws and eight losses is certainly an indictment of the football they play.

The best form of defence is offence, as can be seen from the examples of many successful teams.

Unfortunately, Singapore's team seems to have the coach's mindset that they have to concentrate on defence rather than on creative adventurous attacking play.

To win games, you have to get goals. But when the team is mired in defensive tactics, where are the goals to come from?

If the Kallang Roar is to be brought back, the team has to play attacking football and create the expectation among fans that goals are now attainable for a victorious outcome.

No goals possible? Packed stadium, impossible!

George Pasqual

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2017, with the headline 'S'pore team needs to play attacking football'. Print Edition | Subscribe