May 24, 2024

Sunil Chhetri-led Indian workforce is about to tackle one among its largest assignments in 2024 within the month of January. The workforce shall be enjoying the AFC Asian Cup, being held in Qatar, after being postponed for a 12 months.

That is anticipated to be a troublesome marketing campaign for India having been drawn into an especially powerful group, which has the likes of Australia, Syria and Uzbekistan. India head coach, talking proper earlier than the match, mentioned that India have been rank outsiders within the group an their major purpose was to undergo to the third spherical of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.

India Squad for AFC Asian Cup

Talking to PTI on Sunday, 31 December, Stimac mentioned that each one three oppositions have been extraordinarily sturdy and the workforce closest to India’s rating (Syria) have been difficult in nature.

“Clearly, we’re rank outsiders in our group. Uzbekistan is likely one of the darkish horses and a incredible workforce, their gamers’ physicality might trigger issues,” Stimac instructed PTI in an interview.

“Australia are enjoying on the highest stage of soccer and everyone knows what they’re able to… they’re common at World Cups and can principally clear the group stage there,” Stimac additional added.

India landed in Qatar’s capital on Saturday for the match a lot later than the opposite groups who’re taking part within the match. The identical occurred with the Indian workforce in the course of the Asian Video games 2023 as properly after their flight obtained delayed. India nonetheless, put in a courageous present however have been knocked out from the group stage. Talking concerning the preparation within the present match, Stimac mentioned that the Indian workforce wanted to be steady.

“This group is way stronger than the final Asian Cup. An important factor for us is to have an excellent efficiency and make sure that we stay steady and in form whereas enjoying. I’m not placing any stress on gamers about outcomes,” the pinnacle coach mentioned.

“We have to discover stability, we’ll attempt to play fearless soccer however the groups we play in opposition to. I don’t thoughts the ultimate outcomes. Our ultimate purpose is to qualify for the third spherical of World Cup qualifiers,” concluded the coach.

Whereas this shall be India’s fifth look within the AFC Asian Cup, the Blue Tigers have by no means made it previous the group stage after ending runners-up in 1964, which was performed in a round-robin format.

India will start their marketing campaign in opposition to Australia on January 13 adopted by matches in opposition to Uzbekistan on January 18 and Syria on January 23.

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Kingshuk Kusari

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Dec 31, 2023