Six games into the campaign, BG Pathum United find themselves top of the league on 16 points and are yet to to concede a single goal from open play this season.
This incredible achievement is due in no small part to their back line, which some are calling the best ever assembled in Thai League history.
“I think it is the whole team together,” Tunez explained. “From the striker to the goalkeeper, we have an amazing team in pressing, and an amazing team in defense.”
Former Buriram United captain Andres Tunez, Brazilian defender Victor Cardozo and Singapore international Irfan Fandi make up the Rabbit’s formidable back three. In front of them, Dusit Chalermsan has his team playing incredibly compact football, capable of pressing and stifling any opposition.
It has been 502 minutes of continuous play since the last time BG’s defensive wall was breached, with the only goal they have conceded this season coming from the penalty spot. More impressive still, the side’s defense has only allowed an average of 2.3 shots on target per game – less than the number of *goals* scored in an average Thai League game (2.6).
“I think it is from the training ground, teamwork is the most important,” Irfan said. “We work together as a unit, and we never give up no matter the circumstances.”
The side were excellent in creating overloads in key areas of the pitch and shutting down Bangkok United’s passing game on Sunday, in a similar fashion to how they stifled Port the previous week.
For Irfan in particular, playing in the Thai League’s best defense and alongside two of its most impressive leaders over the years has been a valuable experience.
“When I play alongside them, I feel confident, because all they give is instructions and more motivation during the games,” Irfan revealed. “Every game we get better and better together, so I hope to make this partnership stronger.”