Hà Nội FC midfielder Nguyễn Quang Hải (centre) and teammates are working hard for the return of the V.League 1 tournament after a three-week rest due to COVID-19. Photo hanoi-fc.com.vn HÀ NỘI — The enforced rest due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have been a boon for the country’s two best-supported teams Hà Nội FC and Hoàng Anh Gia Lai ahead of the mid-March restart. Hà Nội are rooted to the bottom of the table with two losses in two matches, a shock for the five-time champions. "We did not have a good start with two defeats. We will have to prepare carefully for every coming match and play well because of the tough format of the tournament," said coach Chu Đình Nghiêm. "Our target is the top six first, then we could vie for the title in the second period," he said. After the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday, Nghiêm and his players all tested negative for the coronavirus and returned to training. They have also welcomed the return of key defenders Trần Đình Trọng and Đỗ Duy Mạnh after recovery from injuries. "They both can follow the teams' training plan. It is a good sign for all of us," Nghiêm… Read full this story
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