Dragan’s delight as Chonburi win tactical battle at Tero

Chonburi star Dragan Boskovic hailed his side’s game management after they won 2-1 at Police Tero on Thai League (T1) Matchday Seven.

A penalty from Caion put the Sharks 1-0 up in the first half before Worachit Kanitsribampen struck a 65th-minute winner just after Adisak Srikampang had equalised.

Chonburi head coach Sasom Pobprasert had clearly done his homework, with his side aggressively closing down Tero’s ball players and ensuring they couldn’t build any momentum. And Boskovic felt this game plan was key to a fourth win of the season.

“We knew their strengths,” Boskivic told ThaiLeagueCentral. “They have some fast players and play fast football, so we tried to put some bodies in the midfield to stop them playing their fast passing game. The other thing was trying to stop their strong offensive players.

“I think we did it effectively and when we had the ball, we tried to keep it and launch fast counter attacks. We tried to control the rhythm of the game – sometimes slowing it down and sometimes speeding it up. I think we did a pretty good job. Maybe we could have scored more, but a victory is a victory.”

Boskovic looked to be playing a role that was more reminiscent of his earlier days in Thailand at Suphanburi before he became a prolific goal scorer at Bangkok United.

“I am playing deeper because I have to adjust to the team’s needs,” said Boskovic. “I used to play on the wing or behind the striker and, to be honest, I don’t mind it because we have good young players who like to play football and when you have players like that, you have a lot of touches of the ball. We also have a good striker (Caion) who is scoring goals, so everything is for the team.”

Next up for Chonburi is a home match against the side where 34-year-old Boskovic arguably spent the best days of his career. The Montenegrin was the Thai League’s top scorer in 2017, netting an incredible 38 goals at Bangkok United.

Boskovic believes the win against Tero will lift the side, following a disappointing reverse at Prachuap FC on Matchday Six.

“I think it’s very important because in the last game we didn’t play as we were supposed to and we lost,” he said. ‘This game has brought our confidence back. We are playing at home and we know what to expect against Bangkok United. We know their style, and we will try to use our strengths against them and hopefully get a good result.”

Paul Murphy

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