Having been completely outplayed by Nepal, Bangladesh coach Lodewijk de Kruif cut a frustrated figure at the press conference, pointing out some poor defending as the reason for their 2-0 loss against Nepal on Saturday.
He commented, “It is always difficult to analyze such a game so soon after the final whistle. We trained well for set-pieces, but you saw how we conceded, especially the second goal. At times our defending was amateurish.”
The Dutchman conceded, that probably playing in front of Nepal’s packed home stadium put too much pressure on his players, especially in the first quarter of the game. “Yes, there was a lot of pressure (from their side.) We gave it away in the first 30 minutes. If you go down 2-0 so easily, with such a backing, you can’t make back such a deficit.”
De Kruif though, maintained that the result was a one-off, and if his team was at its best, they could have beaten the Gorkhalis. He mentioned “Yes, for them (Nepal) it is a very good result, but when we are in good shape, we can play a better game, and at that time I think they can’t beat us.”
The Bangladeshi coach though maintained that their campaign wasn’t over, and he was looking forward to the next couple of matches against India and Pakistan respectively. He said, “We are eager and motivated. It was a bad day for us, but I shall motivate them (the boys). We will forget this tie, and focus on the next one.”
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