The Dutchman was pleased with his team’s performance on the opening day of the Nehru Cup as India beat Syria 2-1…
Wim Koevermans, the Indian national team coach, stated that though India put in a decent performance against the Syrians in their 2-1 win on Wednesday, he stressed that there is room for improvement in the coming matches.
“"There were a few good moves, passes in the first 25-30 minutes. We are going to improve with every game. There were a few things in the first half we need to improve," said Koevermans.
The Dutchman mentioned that following the forced break due to heavy showers, he opted for a change in tactics wherein the ball was to be played into open spaces for the front two to capitalize on.
“I am pleased with the performance of our players and proud of my boys. They did really well, they were very active today. Whenever they got opportunities they threatened. The game was influenced by water. The plan was to play the ball in open areas for Sunil (Chhetri) and Francis (Fernandes),” he said.
Sunil Chhetri turned the game in India’s favour just at the stroke of half-time as his headed goal was against the run of play with the Syrians dominating the proceedings and missing several chances.
“He (Chhetri) played the role of the lone striker, who played from behind and did a fine job. The whole team played well...They are improving,” he further added.
Syrian assistant coach mentioned that had his team taken their chances, the scoreline would have been different.
"The match was good but we could have scored. We are basically a team stocked with local players," he said.
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