India U-17 coach: We do not want to lose by bigger margins

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Coach Luis Norton de Matos candidly talks ahead of their participation at next month’s World Cup

India coach Luis Norton de Matos admits his side face a tall order to make an impact at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in October.

As hosts of the tournament, the Indian Colts were guaranteed an automatic qualification for the championship.

Not only will the Asians be playing at their maiden U-17 World Cup but will also be partaking in their first ever Fifa tournament at any level.

“The difference between our team and the rest of the teams is enormous, but if we believe in ourselves we can create impact in the World Cup,” Matos said, as reported by News 18.

“The boys have worked hard during the last few months, made progress and played some very good matches. We have expectation from this World Cup, an experience which is completely new to the players.

“The boys are determined to show that the team is organized and that the team can improve in future. Winning is a distant dream but we do not want to lose by bigger margins.

"Every game you play either you win or it is a learning experience. Against Chile and Macedonia, we registered good results but the Fifa U-17 World Cup will be a competition and competitions are different from friendly games.”

India have been pitted against two-time champions Ghana in Group A alongside Concacaf runners-up the USA and Colombia, who came fourth at the South American championship.

They open their campaign against the USA on October 6 before taking on Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and 12 respectively.

At a four-nation tournament last month, India lost 5-1 and 3-0 to Mexico and Colombia respectively and held Chile to a 1-1 draw.

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The Colts held Macedonia to a goalless draw in a friendly fixture prior to the tournament.