A beleaguered Indian soccer crew faces Nepal in a must-win match within the SAFF Championship right here on Sunday.
Seven-time winners India are but to log full factors from a recreation on this version of the event, having drawn each their matches towards Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Each the remaining matches are must-win ones for India if they’re to make the ultimate.
“Nothing a lot has modified,” head coach Igor Stimac stated within the official pre-match press convention.
“We’re right here, and we’re nonetheless alive within the championship. We’re nonetheless right here to win the event,” he added.
Apparently, the 2 groups had performed two back-to-back worldwide friendlies in Kathmandu within the first week of September the place India had received the second match 2-1, after having drawn the primary.
“We all know them very nicely and have performed twice towards them. It is an open recreation and if we play nicely, and do it proper on the pitch, I’m positive that we will win the sport. There isn’t any different choice for us than to go on the market and win it,” Stimac acknowledged.
Nepal are main the factors desk for the time being with six factors having received each their matches towards Maldives and Sri Lanka.
“They could have a distinct method. They could calculate whereas taking part in towards us. However we’re not nervous about them. We’ll exit to do our job from the primary minute itself,” the coach added.
The Blue Tigers had their apply session on Saturday and the information from the camp is that there aren’t any harm considerations with all 23 gamers obtainable for choice.
Midfielder Brandon Fernandes insisted that the crew has “every little thing to play for.”
Talking on the pre-match press convention, Brandon quipped: “We now have had two disappointing outcomes to this point. Understandably, the temper was uninteresting within the camp. However tomorrow now we have every little thing to combat for. We’re constructive, and have ready nicely for this recreation. Everyone seems to be focussed in successful the match.”
Stimac talked about concerning the lack of self-discipline on the pitch.
“We’ve not been disciplined sufficient on the pitch. For all these easy errors, we’re at the moment on two factors whereas we should always have been on six factors now,” he opined.
“We all know it is not going to be straightforward towards Nepal. However we may win towards them in Kathmandu, we will do it right here too. However I reiterate that for that to occur we should be dedicated and disciplined.”
Brandon, nonetheless, dismissed apprehensions that the Blue Tigers are pondering a bit an excessive amount of about their opponents.
“We aren’t pondering a lot about Nepal. Fairly, now we have been concentrating on what we have to do as soon as it kicks off. Nepal are a superb crew and are in a superb place for the time being.