India head coach Igor Stimac believes the team has enough quality to win the friendly tournament in Vietnam. The Indian team goes into the tournament on the back of a successful AFC Asian Cup qualification where they beat the likes of Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. Stimac believes the team has gained confidence and believes they can beat Vietnam which is ranked higher in the rankings.
“We are definitely capable of winning the tournament, but I think it’s the small things that will decide who wins it,” India head coach Igor Stimac said. “Obviously, Vietnam have a lot of momentum with their performances in the last couple of years. They have a good team and are playing at home, which is why they are probably the favorites, but we also have a good chance as we have a young squad. I think we have enough quality to match them, and if we stay positive and play with a good mindset, we can do it.”
“With regards to the momentum that we have after the June AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers (India beat Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong in back-to-back matches), the optimism is high and the positiveness which currently surrounds the team should only bode well for us,” he added. “I am very happy that over the last three and a half years, we have fulfilled the goals that were there in front of us. And I’m sure we made everyone happy with the qualifiers in June with our style of play and the mindset that we showed in the game. The confidence with which they played, especially the youth, gives us a lot of hope. Most of our boys are around 22 years old right now. In a few years, they will be 25 years old, with a vast array of International experience, and that will only help India further.”
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