India take on Kenya in the final of the Intercontinental Cup at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday.
In their first meeting of the tournament during the group stage, India had thrashed Kenya 3-0. Kenya came back strongly after the defeat and routed Chinese Taipei 4-0 to book their place in the final.
India, meanwhile, suffered defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their third match. Speaking about India’s unbeaten streak at home which came to an end against the All Whites, the British coach said, “It’s not about the streaks. We came into this tournament as we would go into the Asian Cup.
"It doesn’t make a difference if we won or lost the last game. That’s why I made the changes and that’s why I said I may field a completely different team. These types of tournaments are not about streaks. I don’t care about the streaks, I care about the end product.”
The Indian coach has often been criticised for his squad selection. Constantine explained his squad selection process and mentioned a player’s work rate matters the most.
“Everyone asks me why I didn’t pick this player or that player. For me, the most important thing is work rate. Someone like (Anirudh) Thapa has an outstanding work rate. We need players like him,” said the head coach.
Stephen Constantine also hopes that the incessant rainfall that is happening in Mumbai stops before the game and the playing surface is dry.
“In the first game against Kenya, the ground was unplayable. There is a point after which it becomes dangerous to the players. I hope the sun comes out before the game and the pitch dries up. But it's not in my hands,” said the coach.