India has scored two goals so far in the current SAFF championships, and both came from 37-year-old Chhetri.
Published: October 12, 2021 8:23 PM |
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MALE: India’s inability to score was described by head coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday as an « old problem ».
India has scored two goals so far in the current SAFF championships, and both came through 37-year-old Chhetri, who drew level with legendary Pele with his 77th goal in the game against Nepal.
« I’m very happy with our performance in the last three games – if you look at the way we play and the ball possession statistics. We have they dominated and our goalkeeper wasn’t too disturbed, « said Stimac at the media conference ahead of India’s last round of the Robin League game against hosts Maldives.
» But there is an old problem that haunts us and that is We can’t be dependent on just one player and have to be more confident in front of goal, « he added.
Currently India are in third place with five points from three games and need nothing less than a win against the Maldives to stay in the regional tournament finals.
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A draw or defeat will put India out of the way and that will be their worst result in recent history Time, which could also cast doubt on Stimac’s continuation at the top.
The worst performance of the seven-time champions India before this edition was third place in 2003, and the country has either won or won 11 previous editions second place.
« The situation is a little easier for the Maldives as they only need a tie, so it’s clear what we have to do in tomorrow’s game, » said the Croatian.
« The best Motivation is to win games. It wasn’t easy to have two draws in a row in the first two games, so it was kind of a relief for all players to beat Nepal. They needed confidence.
« In fact, they did deserves to win all three games, but in football you can only win if you score goals. «
About the opposing team, he said: » The Maldives are a much better team. They are more compact than before. They put more emphasis on passing and possession.
« There is a reasonable understanding between (star striker) Ali Ashfaq and others. They know how to move when Ashfaq has the ball and he knows where to go they run without even looking at them.
« But how they’ll play depends on us too, how much we let them play. If my midfielders and defenders do what I want them to do, the Maldives shouldn’t be able to play much. «
Stimac said there will be two great veterans in Wednesday’s game – Ashfaq for Maldives and Chhetri for India.
« It’s a pleasure to watch them play and if they played on the same team it would have been a great combination for any coach.
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