India Can Defeat Anybody On Their Day : Constantine
India registered their AFC Asian Cup Qualifying campaign on a winning note courtesy of a late strike from Sunil Chhetri.
Speaking in the Official Post Match Press Conference, Head Coach of the Indian National Team Stephen Constantine lauded the never-say-die attitude on the pitch and said, “Myanmar had several chances to score, but we showed great spirit on the field today. We never gave up mentally and that aided us in our win”
“We had three to four chances in the match, but we could only take the one in the end. It was a very tight game and boys showed fantastic spirit to earn the win”
"It was a huge game for us. Myanmar at home are always difficult to play", said skipper Sunil Chhetri. "We had lost last time here but we supported each other till the end and getting three points is an immense result for us".
Substitute Udanta Singh brushed aside his marker in the 90th minute and raced off towards Myanmar’s defending half. With tired legs and perhaps aching muscles, skipper Sunil Chhetri followed Udanta’s run and tapped Udanta’s cross home first-time to hand India the lead.
India had earlier in the match created as many as four clear goal scoring opportunities. The best of which came to Jackichand Singh in the 31st minute, who failed to find the net from handshaking distance.
“Football is all about taking your chances. We took ours and they (Myanmar) did not take theirs. The credit goes to Myanmar for making it tough for us to play”, stated Constantine.
“Any coach makes substitution to try and change the game and our substitutions were brilliant on the field today. They really did the work for us”
India host Kyrgyz Republic next on June 12, 2017 in their second match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying campaign before taking on Lebanon in an International Friendly on June 06, 2017.
“This win (against Myanmar) does not matter much. We still have to take six points to be able to secure qualification to the final of the AFC Asian Cup 2019”
“India can defeat anybody on their day, but the job is still more than done. We have to stay focused and concentrate on the next game”, Constantine signed off.