India senior and Underneath-18 ladies’s soccer staff chief coach Thomas Dennerby needs his wards to play with the identical dedication within the subsequent three video games, the identical manner they took on Nepal within the ongoing SAFF U18 Championship.
India U-18 ladies thrashed Nepal 7-0 and can tackle Bangladesh on the JRD Tata Sports activities Advanced right here on Saturday.
“I hope we are able to play in a relaxed method after that good begin to the event. However the truth stays that it’s a brand new sport tomorrow. So we’d like full focus going forward,” stated Dennerby on Friday.
“We got here to this event with the intention of getting 4 good video games, and we aren’t happy with only one win. I hope we are able to come to the stadium in opposition to Bangladesh with the identical vitality.”
Regardless of India having a near-perfect sport in opposition to Nepal, the 62-year-old coach feels that there’s room for enchancment.
“There are some small conditions the place we are able to enhance the best way we take care of issues. I feel we play a bit gradual, typically just a few too many sq. passes. If we are able to put in just a few fast passes within the midfield after which play by balls like we did in opposition to Nepal. I hope we are able to hold going that manner,” stated Dennerby.
India and Bangladesh obtained off to flying begins within the event, the previous successful 7-0 in opposition to Nepal, whereas the latter defeated the identical facet 4-2.
“Bangladesh have additionally had an excellent consequence in opposition to Nepal, and so they have been very profitable on this competitors up to now. However I’ll inform the identical factor that I’ve all the time instructed my gamers — we’ll present the identical quantity of respect to all our opponents, however worry none of them,” stated the top coach.
India midfielder Martina Thokchom, who made her senior worldwide debut in Brazil final yr, is a key participant within the center. She feels that the staff has regularly ironed out the gaps and improved over time.
“We’ve got been engaged on varied areas over the previous couple of months. Sure, we had sport in opposition to Nepal, however there are many areas the place we are able to enhance,” stated Martina.
“We’ve got labored one just a few of them earlier than the Bangladesh sport, and hopefully we are able to put in present tomorrow.”