Stephen Constantine says against UAE they would have won 5-0

Stephen Constantine says against UAE they would have won 5-0

Former Indian national team’s coach Stephen Constantine played a very major role in his charm with India. The Indian Football team has been evolved under his coaching, they developed in the FIFA rankings. In the Asia Cup 2019 India played a wonderful knock and showed their class at the Asian level, Constantine was the man behind this achievement.

Stephen Constantine succeeded by Croatian manager Igor Stimac in the Indian National team.  In an interview with Khel Now Constantine shared his views on Indian football.

Stephen Constantine says in the Asian cup qualifying match against Myanmar Indian players shocks off from the first minute to last minute

“Look, the first game was away to Myanmar. We hadn’t defeated them for over 60 years in their backyard. I felt that in that group, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan will give us problems. As long as we didn’t underestimate them, I felt that we will beat Macau. Winning the way we did in Myanmar, which was so hostile, but we were ready. We were prepared. The boys were fit. They worked their socks off from the first minute to the last.” Stephen Constantine told Khel Now.

Stephen Constantine says he wants the Indian team three weeks before the Jordan match but the ISL committee gave them only 10 days

“I remember sitting down with the ISL and asking them to give me the month of December, to give me three weeks before we needed to be in the UAE. They couldn’t give me that.

“So, I didn’t have three weeks, I had 10 days. In that time, we went to Jordan, a strong team. That trip was an absolute nightmare; there were some issues with the flights. We had to travel in two groups and half of the team was stuck in Kuwait.”

Stephen Constantine says against UAE they would have won 5-0

“We hit the crossbar twice. Their coach Alberto Zaccheroni came up to me after the game and said that we didn’t deserve to lose the game. But, that’s football and that’s what I said to the boys in the changing room. This is the difference between the top level and the not top level. We could have won 5-0. Zaccheroni would have been on the next flight back to Italy.”

Stephen Constantine says they deserve wing against UAE 

“We didn’t take our chances. We played well, outran them, outfought them. But, we made one mistake just before half-time. Of course, when you are trying to catch the game, you are a little bit less defensive. They scored the second goal late too. This is the difference between the good teams and the great teams

“Did we deserve to win the game? Yes, absolutely. Did we deserve to draw? Zaccheroni would have been smiling with a draw. We lost.” Stephen Constantine stated.

Tarak Roy

A Football Lover

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