To promise victory against a great team like Qatar would be suicidal: India coach Igor Stimac: India’s draw in opposition to Asian champions Qatar in a World Cup qualifier final 12 months was considered one of their greatest outcomes however coach Igor Stimac doesn’t wish to put stress on his gamers by promising a victory within the return leg.
To promise victory against a great team like Qatar would be suicidal: India coach Igor Stimac
India play Qatar in Bhubaneswar on October eight earlier than taking up Bangladesh (away match) on November 12 and Afghanistan in Kolkata on November 17.
India are already out of competition for a berth within the 2022 World Cup however they’re nonetheless within the reckoning for the 2023 Asian Cup as it’s a joint qualification marketing campaign.
The 52-year-old Stimac stated promising victory in opposition to Qatar will probably be suicidal however his aspect will play to not lose the match.
“With sturdy perception in what we do and a transparent mindset, every little thing is feasible. We’re actually not going to come back out on the pitch to lose the sport. However to vow victory in opposition to Asian champions and such an incredible crew as Qatar could be suicidal,” Stimac informed PTI in an interview from his dwelling in Croatia.
“We’re within the technique of build up a brand new respectable crew and I’m attempting to keep away from placing our children below further stress to allow them to take pleasure in their soccer and acquire expertise for the long run.”
With worldwide friendlies and aggressive matches unlikely to be held within the subsequent few months, Stimac stated his gamers face an “monumental” activity forward of their recreation in opposition to Qatar.
“The (ongoing) lengthy break is not a priority for us. Underneath present circumstances — the COVID-19 pandemic — there isn’t any chance of organising any worldwide friendlies, and the leagues will not kick-off both. So the duty which we face earlier than the World Cup Qualifiers is gigantic,” he stated.
As a result of pandemic, the home season has been pushed again by two months with the switch season set to run from August 1 to October 31. Each the Indian Tremendous League and I-League will start solely after that.
It’s nonetheless not clear and the Asian Soccer Confederation just isn’t able to say now if the upcoming scheduled matches will probably be performed in entrance of spectators. However Stimac stated enjoying behind shut doorways in opposition to Qatar and Afghanistan will probably be a “nice drawback” for hosts India.
“Everybody is aware of how necessary are our supporters to us all the best way again from the beginning. I simply pray that every little thing settles down till October. The crew appears ahead to enjoying in entrance of a full home — each in Bhubaneswar, and Kolkata,” stated the previous Croatia defender who was part of the bronze profitable crew in 1998 World Cup.
He additionally stated that the summoning of the nationwide camp earlier than the matches will probably be consistent with authorities directives.
“Initially there could be assessments performed on all of the (nationwide camp) attendees which is able to assist us to gauge how a lot skilled and critical they have been throughout their keep at dwelling in the course of the COVID-19 interval.
“We intend on entering into for a rigorous coaching, and all all through we goal to give attention to tactical factors for the Qatar recreation which will probably be adjusted to our capacities at that stage.”
Stimac stated he was in fixed contact with the nationwide crew gamers in the course of the ongoing pandemic, instructing them to remain secure and execute every day coaching regime.
“We have been offering lectures to our gamers all through the WhatsApp group on totally different features of soccer and attempting to develop our participant’s data about vitamin, relaxation, flexibility, explosive energy and different related features.”