Describing India’s incapacity to attain targets as “an outdated drawback”, head coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday stated the workforce can’t be depending on only one participant to seek out the opposition web, in an obvious reference to talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri.
India have thus far scored two targets within the ongoing SAFF Championships and each got here by way of 37-year-old Chhetri, who equalled legendary Pele together with his 77th strike within the match in opposition to Nepal.
“I am fairly pleased with our efficiency in final three video games — wanting on the method we performed, at possession numbers. We dominated them and our goalkeeper wasn’t a lot disturbed,” Stimac stated on the media convention forward of India’s final round-robin league match in opposition to hosts Maldives.
“However there’s an outdated drawback which is following us and that is changing possibilities. We can’t be depending on only one participant and have to be extra assured in entrance of objective,” he added.
At present at third spot with 5 factors from three matches, India want nothing lower than a win in opposition to Maldives to remain in reckoning for the ultimate of the regional event.
A draw or a loss will knock India out and that would be the worst outcome for the nation in latest reminiscence, which might additionally elevate doubts about Stimac’s continuation on the helm of affairs.
The worst efficiency for seven-time champions India earlier than this version was the third-place end in 2003 and the nation has both received or completed runners-up in 11 earlier editions.
“The scenario is a bit simpler for Maldives as they want only a draw, and therefore, it is clear what we have to do in tomorrow’s sport,” stated the Croatian.
The top coach stated the win in opposition to Nepal has boosted the arrogance of his gamers. “The very best motivation is to win video games. It wasn’t straightforward to have two back-to-back attracts within the first two video games. Therefore, it was a sort of a reduction for all of the gamers to beat Nepal. They wanted confidence.
“The truth is, they deserved to win all of the three video games however in soccer, you can’t win except you rating targets.”
Speaking about opposition workforce, he stated, “Maldives are a much-improved facet. They’re extra compact than they had been earlier than. They stress extra on passing and possession-based soccer. They’re creating possibilities, and their actions are nice upfront.”
“There’s a cheap understanding between (star striker) Ali Ashfaq and others. They know the best way to transfer when Ashfaq has the ball, and he is aware of the place they’re working with out even taking a look at them.
“However how they’ll play additionally is dependent upon us – as to how a lot we allow them to play. If my midfielders and defenders do what I count on them to do, Maldives shouldn’t have the ability to play a lot.”
Stimac stated Wednesday’s match goes to witness two nice veterans on the pitch — Ashfaq for Maldives and Chhetri for India. “It’s a pleasure to observe them play, and in the event that they had been enjoying in the identical workforce, it might have been an amazing mixture for any coach.”