New Delhi: Bracing up for an unfamiliar astro-turf, sub 0 temperatures and a sprightly opponent in Afghanistan, India’s soccer trainer Igor Stimac on Tuesday conceded that his staff’s winless streak within the International Cup qualifiers may not be simple to damage in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The away fixture in opposition to Afghanistan on 14 November is the most important for India to stay within the hunt within the International Cup qualifying. The Afghans are positioned 3rd within the crew with one win and two losses, a notch above India who’ve two attracts and a defeat to this point.

“The climatic situation in Dushanbe could be very other from what we now have skilled in India at the moment. It is very chilly and mercury stage drops to nearer to sub-zero,” Stimac instructed PTI in an interview.

 FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Igor Stimac says astro-turf, sub-zero temperatures will make Indias task tougher against Afghanistan

Record symbol of India soccer staff head trainer Igor Stimac. Reuters

The war-ravaged Afghanistan selected Dushanbe as their house venue for the second one spherical qualifiers of the International Cup. The Staff E fit will likely be performed on synthetic turf amid close to freezing temperatures.

“Additionally, the fit is scheduled on a man-made turf which our gamers aren’t used to. Afghanistan have selected the venue to make others’ existence tricky and we now have an uphill activity in entrance people to triumph over it,” he added.

India are fourth spot in Staff E with simply two issues after consecutive attracts in opposition to Asian champions Qatar and Bangladesh. That they had misplaced to Oman of their first fit on September five in Guwahati.

The absence of an instantaneous flight to Dushanbe additionally made the placement tricky because the staff needed to go away after the November 10 Indian Tremendous League fit involving Bengaluru FC the place the talismanic Sunil Chhetri and a few key gamers ply their business.

The staff will succeed in Dushanbe day after today, only a day prior to the fit.

“The adventure and flight itinerary is a tedious one. We have now reached Dubai final night time and feature a morning coaching consultation right here this morning. We’re leaving for Dushanbe this night time simplest and achieving there day after today (November 13),” mentioned the Croatian tactician.

“So, it’s going to be a difficult fixture. As execs, we need to adapt to more moderen demanding situations and everybody together with AIFF is striking their easiest effort in combination. I am positive that boys will put in combination their efforts to churn out a good consequence in opposition to Afghanistan.”

Stimac mentioned a victory in opposition to Afghanistan will spice up his aspect and can assist construct the momentum for the conflict in opposition to Oman within the away suits in Muscat on 19 November.

“We have now progressed so much since our first sport (in opposition to Oman). We will display what we’re in a position to with out our key gamers from time to time (defender Sandesh Jhingan and midfielder Rowlin Borges). The end result in opposition to Afghanistan in Dushanbe could have a significant affect on all of the staff. A win will spice up our self belief by way of manifold prior to we head to Muscat.”

Stimac admitted that India’s efficiency in opposition to Bangladesh of their earlier fit in Kolkata used to be inferior to the primary two video games (in opposition to Oman and Qatar).
He additionally mentioned that positioning, clever passing and changing probabilities may have swung the lead to India’s favour in opposition to Bangladesh.

“It’s a lot more tricky to play in opposition to somebody (Bangladesh) who defends very deep with all of the gamers in the back of the ball, than in opposition to the groups taking part in attacking soccer.

“We had made 510 passes in opposition to Bangladesh out of which 85 according to cent have been a hit in comparison to simplest 131 passes by way of our warring parties. We additionally had 17 makes an attempt,” mentioned the previous International Cupper and head trainer of Croatia.

“General, it used to be a excellent staff efficiency. Additionally, you will need to indicate that we performed in opposition to Bangladesh with out Sandesh and Borges, a couple of of our maximum vital gamers in build up the sport.”

Requested what is going to he do in a different way in opposition to Afghanistan, he mentioned, “We need to steer clear of accidents. We have now already misplaced Sandesh and Rowllin because of accidents and we will’t have enough money to have anymore. We need to execute our plans in the fitting approach. The men are up and operating and they’re assured.


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