Wim Koevermans cut a defiant figure at the press conference, after India limped into the semi-finals, even after being beaten by Nepal by a scoreline of 2-1.
Refusing to accept that it was a poor performance by his side, he commented, “No, I would npot agree with it (being a desperate performance). There were a few threatening chances for them in the first half. We could not get chances as it was difficult to get to Sunil (Chhetri) and thus in the second half we decided to bring Jeje (Lalpekhlua) next to Sunil. In first half we had an intention of dominating in midfield with an extra midfielder, but we could not do that in the first half.”
“In second half they were dropping deep and we had to be careful. What we wanted to do was to cross from outside to into the box. Robin (Singh) was good but then we started kicking the ball from centre half. From the sidelines it’s more difficult. In the end we scored a good goal,” he continued.
Describing Nepal’s goals, the Dutchman stated, “Because we play in their half, there is always the chance of a counter attack. They had a sharp one and then they scored. It was disappointing; we scored a good goal too. We were low on batteries, and they (the boys) were struggling. But now our aim shifts to winning the fourth final (the semis).”
Looking forward to the next clash, he opined, “Well we played second game much better. We kept good possession, but now again we have to make some adjustments as Sunil is suspended. We can do much better. Sometimes it’s a thing we agree on meeting, but we don’t show it on the field, players have to play to the plan. But my compliments to Nepal. Playing Nepal in Nepal is a tough job. It is a good thing and we did knew that. We wanted to press earlier a couple of times and it worked."
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