Igor Stimac thinks since he took over the charge Indian team played well
India will play their fourth joint FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 against Afghanisthan at the Republican Central Stadium in Dushanbe on 14th November.
Indian graffer Igor Stimac and Pronoy Halder met the press ahead of the big clash in the pre-match conference.
Igor Stimac ahead of Afghanistan Clash
“It’s my first time in your country. I love going around, seeing different places and different people in your country. We have a very difficult game in front of us. We both faced Qatar and Bangladesh. I think both India and Afghanistan team are of very similar quality.”
Igor on Afghanistan team
“We see the Afghanistan team as a physical side, strong side with good composure, with some of the players gaining experience in the European countries.
“Of course, it’s not the top leagues, but playing in Europe it gives you extra quality and that is what I see in the Afghanistan team when I watch their games. They have composure, they have stamina and it’s not going to be an easy game for us, of course.”
Igor Stimac on the Indian team
“We know how important the game is. We need as much as we could to rest the players.
” Because most of our players played last game on 10th and since then we were travelling to come here. This morning, very early at about 4 am we reached here. So, the most important thing for us is to rest the players in the next 40 hours and ready for the game. We are very happy that people back in India are supporting us with a lot of passion now.”
“They have great expectations about Indian football now. We will do our best to make them proud.”
Igor Stimac thinks since he took over the charge India Performing well
“Before I took over the team. India was playing six players at the back, going for the long ball and trying to attack with four players. I was brought into the position to change that. We are in the process of building up a new Indian team for the future and we are concentrating on the World Cup 2026.”
Igor is Building a whole new team
“We are building a whole new team. It’s a long process and it’s difficult one. We have shown in the games up until now, that we can play against Oman, which was a fantastic game.”