Thailand boss Chanvit sees improvement (January 20, 2008)

Tor Chittinand

Thailand coach Chanvit Phalajivin said yesterday his side had improved a lot since they began training with Premier League side Manchester City a week ago.

"After one week here, I have seen improvement in our defence and fitness," Chanvit said.

But he admitted that his team had to find their scoring touch as they had squandered numerous chances in their warm-up games.

"We created chances but our finishing was not good," he said.

Thailand lost 4-3 to City's Under-18s and suffered a 3-1 defeat to the club's reserve side. They defeated City's youth side 1-0 yesterday.

Thailand will train at City for two weeks as part of their preparations for World Cup qualification.

The kingdom are grouped with Japan, Oman and Bahrain in Asia's first group phrase of the qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

The Thais begin their campaign with an away game against group favourites Japan on February 6.

Chanvit said the team had one more week in Manchester and believed that his men would be ready for Japan when they completed the training programme.

Thailand will have two more friendlies in Manchester - against Hyde United tomorrow and a Manchester United XI on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Chanvit said he would ask the Football Association of Thailand to buy a "Games Breaker" computerised programme which is used by Manchester City to analyse the players.

It costs 200,000 baht.