Despite this result, and him triumphing over his Philippines counterpart Sven-Goran Eriksson, Coach Park remains grounded, playing down comparisons with the Swede.
“This is the first time Vietnam [reached the] AFF Suzuki Cup final after 10 years. I would like to thank Vietnam’s supporters, and I would like to thank all my players for the game today,” declared the South Korean coach while addressing the media in a post-match interview.
“Today, I am really happy to see [Phan] Van Duc create the chance for [Nguyen] Quang Hai’s opening goal. But the moment [that] I was most impressed [with was] when [Nguyen] Cong Phuong [scored the goal] that doubled our lead.”
After this, coach Park was quick to play down any comparisons with his Azkals counterpart and former England manager, Coach Sven.
“[I] hope everyone does not compare me with coach [Sven-Goran] Eriksson. He is a world class coach. I am very honoured to [go against] him [in the Suzuki Cup]. Although I beat him twice, my level [as a coach] can’t compare to [his].”
Vietnam is set to face Malaysia for the two-legged AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final next week.