The Indian defence will face a stern test in the form of China on October 13. The Indian National team will use this opportunity to obtain a baseline as to where they stand among Asia’s big guns before the AFC Asian Cup showdown in January.
Ahead of the challenging fixture, defender Pritam Kotal is excited and is hoping to make the most of this opportunity to fine tune his game.
“This is a very important match for us. Because we will be playing in the AFC Asian Cup two months from now. This game will indicate the areas where improvements are required and what we can do to improve. We will see the areas where the opponents will target and look to improve on it. The preparations for this game are going well on and off the field.”
The defence has always remained a priority and things are no different this time. Pritam believes that the objective is to keep a clean sheet. The team will use the next two days to study their opponents.
“Defence is very important, especially in a game like this. We have spoken about this and we will try our best to put on a good performance and keep a clean sheet. We haven’t studied our opponents yet but we still have about 2-3 days for that. We have a basic idea of how China play. The coach has told us about their strengths and weaknesses and we will be looking to hit them on their weak areas we still have 2-3 days left and we will try to make the most of it.”
The team will be facing top teams from Asia and friendlies like these are necessary to gauge the quality of the opponents in the continental tournament in January.
“China and Jordan are good teams. We have Bahrain, U.A.E and Thailand in our group, all of which are quality opponents. In my opinion, we need to play these types of games so that we can get an idea of the standards at the Asian Cup.”