Speaking about India’s form in this tournament and what they need to look out for in the semifinal against Lebanon at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, the former Croatia player spoke candidly about what shortcomings need fixing, although he is generally pleased with his performances. I have nothing to complain about. We need to improve our game at decisive moments when our concentration and focus should be at its highest and we should avoid unnecessary passes, the Indian coach said.
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India just won the Intercontinental Cup last month and now want to defend their title at the SAFF championship. They had comfortable wins over Pakistan and Nepal and were the better team in the match against Kuwait, but small mistakes at the wrong moment cost them their lives.
What frustrates me is when we make simple passes without pressure, because then we have to expend a huge amount of energy to regain possession through high pressing, continued Stimac, who has led the Indian men’s team since 2019 and under his leadership has been ranked in the FIFA top 100, as confirmed this week.
Overall, I’m very happy with the guys. They’re getting closer to the level I want them to reach. We’re improving with every game. We have a great atmosphere every time we’ve won bronze medals in the 1998 World Cup as part of my country’s national team.
India will start against Lebanon at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and Kuwait and Bangladesh will play earlier in the day at 3 p.m. Before the home support, Stimack’s team will try their best to correct the coach’s criticisms of their play and have a chance to retain the SAFF trophy for two more years.
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