AFF Suzuki Cup: Raddy Avramovic hits out at Singapore successor Bernd Stange over tactics

Former Lions coach Raddy Avramovic (left) exchanging greetings with Singapore coach Bernd Stange after the friendly match between Singapore and Cambodia on Nov 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Former Lions coach Raddy Avramovic (left) exchanging greetings with Singapore coach Bernd Stange after the friendly match between Singapore and Cambodia on Nov 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Myanmar coach Raddy Avramovic has stepped up the mind games ahead of his reunion with Singapore in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup on Wednesday.

"They are under pressure, not us," said the Serb, who led the Lions to the regional crown in 2004, 2007 and 2012.

Hosts Singapore lie bottom of Group B after a 1-2 loss to Thailand, while Myanmar are a point better off thanks to a goal-less draw with Malaysia on Sunday.

A feisty Avramovic also took aim at Singapore coach Bernd Stange's claim that the Myanmarese will adopt a conservative approach based around counter-attacks.

"(Stange) can say what he wants - against Malaysia, we tried to score so we are not a defensive team," the 64-year-old said during a press conference at the M Hotel.

Stange nonetheless remains confident of picking up a much-needed victory. Faced with murmurings of discontent from fans, the German said: "You can expect an attacking Singapore team. If the players continue to play like they did against Thailand, it should be enough to beat Myanmar."