Coach Troussier needs to reset strategy for World Cup qualifiers: football expert

According to football expert Doan Minh Xuong, coach Philippe Troussier should review his Asian Cup failures and
change strategies to beat Indonesia at the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Once a football instructor, coach and youth training expert, what do you think about coach Troussier having put
so many responsibilities on young players at the recent Asian Cup?

Not just this Asian Cup, but before that, through friendlies and two World Cup qualifying games with the Philippines and Iraq, we saw that Troussier always prioritizes the use of young players. Phan Tuan Tai, Vo Minh Trong and Nguyen Dinh Bac were always guaranteed a starting spot. Through the tournament in Qatar, we also recognized the progress and efforts of these players. However, I can tell that they were not experienced enough to replace their seniors.READ MORE

Troussier is creating a transition phase for Vietnamese football, with the goal of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup. But in my opinion, he’s rushing. Except for a few players who were injured or did not have good form, the remaining experienced players such as Nguyen Van Toan, Vu Van Thanh, Ho Tan Tai, Do Hung Dung and Nguyen Hoang Duc were rarely used.

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