Regardless of all odds, Indian soccer workforce head coach Igor Stimac is backing his aspect to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup.
Even because the workforce has been troubled by accidents and cancellation of a pleasant towards Zambia, Stimac was glad with the general preparation for the Asian Cup remaining qualifying spherical, beginning right here from June 8.
“The camp was deliberate fastidiously. Our principal fear was health. The Ballari (camp) was an excellent determination. It had good amenities for health conditioning. Coming to Kolkata was a sensible choice. It’s a soccer metropolis. You get that further wanted to push gamers to the restrict,” mentioned Stimac at a roundtable interplay on Tuesday, hours after the workforce landed right here after enjoying its pleasant towards Jordan in Doha.
“Solely dangerous factor was Zambia cancelling the match.”
Tangri to exchange Ritwik
Stimac mentioned that centre-back Deepak Tangri would exchange Ritwik Das because the latter was dominated out because of hen pox.
Wanting again on the Jordan match, Stimac mentioned, “We went into it with an excellent mindset, considering methods to win. Most of all, for me, is the standard of efficiency.”
Getting into the ultimate week of preparation, Stimac mentioned the first objective can be to qualify for the Asian Cup. “We now have to ensure India will get the factors to qualify. We’re right here, prepared and we’ll do it with the assistance of supporters.”
Stimac mentioned Afghanistan, which has allowed its gamers to play in international leagues, and Hong Kong, which has modified guidelines to permit foreigners, will likely be robust sides in Group D. He anticipated Cambodia to play counter-attacking soccer.
Stimac mentioned although the Indian Tremendous League (ISL) offered an excellent stage, the kids getting good salaries there wanted to be protected. “Salaries carry consolation and luxury brings weak spot, weak spot brings attainable issues of disappearing quickly.”
Dismisses Gokulam declare
On I-League champion Gokulam Kerala coach Vincenzo Annese reportedly claiming that a few of his gamers may play within the Nationwide aspect, Stimac mentioned, “They’d an excellent season, however let’s keep sensible. By no means thoughts the win Gokulam had towards ATK. In the event that they play 10 matches, they’ll win one. I’m fairly certain every coach of the I-League will say the identical factor – three of its gamers may play.”