Interestingly, Aniket started the opening Under-17 World Cup tie against USA before being benched in the subsequent games. He was also snubbed for the AFC Under-19 qualifiers in Saudi Arabia.
Matos shared his reasons as to why Aniket didn’t make the cut for the qualifiers in Saudi Arabia earlier this month and the improvement in the striker’s game since then.
“I know the relationship I have with my players and I know how I want them to give their maximum. Sometimes I need to push a player to play how I want to play collectively. That's why he was not in Saudi Arabia with us. But I told Aniket that he will be with us for the I-League,” he reasoned.
He further explained that Aniket’s off the ball work has been exceptional lately as was evident in the tie against Chennai.
“When I was a player, sometimes coaches used to push me to give my maximum. He (Aniket) played in a number nine position in the (U17) World Cup with a lot of difficulty, but all the players have this difficulty. Now he comes to the team for a collective effort and not only for the goals. All the invisible work that he puts in the game, he did it very well today and scored two goals,” he mentioned.