Indian national team coach praised Nepal whom India are going to face next in Siliguri while also stating that the team would give their best to win...After a hard fought 1-1 stalemate against Philippines where many considered India to be the better side, Wim Koevermans spoke about keeping his options open when it came to the first eleven when his side would take on Nepal in another international friendly in Siliguri.
“Maybe we will rotate some players. Let’s see what we can do,”
The Dutchman was in no mood to disrespect his opponents but said they would be gunning for a win.
“Nepal are a very serious opponent, a very good team. We want to do better against them. We got a result against Philippines who are a much stronger team. In fact, we should have won it in injury time. We want to win against Nepal,”
Mehtabh Hossain too agreed with his coach's assessment while also saying that Nepal now always come hard at you and said the good performance against Philippines will certainly help them.
“They have a new coach. They prefer to kick and run. They will come very strong at you. We should have won against Philippines. We will surely carry the confidence of the Philippines match into our next match.”
While India did lost to Nepal (2-1 in the 2013 SAFF Championship) the last time the two teams met, Mehtab was quick to point out the fresh faces in the team which gave them a new outlook.
“If you look through our team list you will find a whole new bunch of talented players. So one needs to be patient and give us that much time to settle down. For example, Lenny (Rodrigues) and myself have now been playing together for over a year in the national team. So our telepathy has grown with every match"
The national coach also made it a point to reiterate that India had purposely chosen to square off against stronger sides, the likes of Singapore, Tajikistan and Palestine where the team was universally panned for going down without a fight and noted that those experiences would only help the team to improve.
“We could have easily picked up some weaker opponents to play against in the international friendlies. But we prefer to play against stronger teams. If you look at the opponents we played, you’ll find that Singapore are now the Suzuki Cup champions and Tajikistan and Palestine are very strong too."
Koevermans also noted that Robin Singh who picked up a niggle against Philippines had been examined and he hoped that the recovery would be quicker than expected.
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