The head of the Thai football team wants to be in the third place in the Suzuki Cup, but warned that the improvement of the Malaysian, Singapore and Philippine teams would make the 2018 edition much more difficult.
After winning the title in 2014 and 2016, War Elephants started defending their home team in Bangkok last week against Timor Lest 7: 0, but knows that they are having trouble with the opponents.
"We always want to win, and we always do our best, but the standards in the region are being improved," said Somiot Poumbunng, president of the Thai Football Association in an interview with ESPN.
"We see that Malaysia and Singapore are developing, and there are many history in the region, the Philippines has improved and hired a renowned trainer to Sven-Goran Eriksson.
"They are all our opponents and we respect them as our opponents."
Somogy, who was elected in 2016, is threatening Vietnam.
"They will also be tough opponents, but if we want to win the title again, we should all be good," he said.
There are not four Thai stars in the 2016 victory. Chanathip Songkrasin, Teerasil Dangda – Two years ago, Theatron Bunmatkhan plays MVP and best scorer – Japan. Also, he is not the only star player goalkeeper Cawin Thamshathan, as he is on his way to the Belgian club OH Leuven.
"We do not have some players, but if we train our team we can win, but football can be football and everything," Sogito said. "All teams will have the opportunity this time and this should be a great competition."
Thailand will continue the campaign B of Group B against Indonesia on Saturday, and then to the Philippines and Singapore. The first two teams of the two teams will go to the last four.
In addition, Thailand will be waiting for the team in 2019 with the Asian Cup and the United Arab Emirates, as well as with Bahrain and India.
"The Asian Cup is a great tournament for us," says Somiot. "We want to go to the second round, but now we are concentrating on the Suzuki Cup."