On a excessive after a powerful 1-1 draw in opposition to a fancied Oman, India are pitted in opposition to the formidable United Arab Emirates of their second soccer pleasant right here on Monday, with head coach Igor Stimac once more set to experiment with a recent set of rookies.
Ten gamers made their debut in opposition to Oman on Thursday as India made a advantageous comeback within the second half to carry the gulf facet who’re 23 locations above them within the FIFA charts.
Oman fully dominated the primary half with the Indians not having the ability to maintain the ball for any size of time. The guests have been fairly busy defending in their very own half of their first worldwide outing in additional than a yr.
The UAE are ranked eighth in Asia and 74th total whereas India are at 104th. The UAE had received three matches out of the 4 performed between the 2 sides within the final decade whereas one recreation resulted in a draw.
However India will draw inspiration from their match in opposition to UAE throughout the 2019 Asian Cup group stage the place they’d created quite a lot of scoring possibilities despite the fact that they misplaced Zero-2.
India paid dearly for poor ending in that match whereas luck additionally didn’t favour them as two pictures hit the framework.
“UAE are even more durable than Oman, so I besides a really powerful match tomorrow. They (UAE) are technically higher facet, play faster soccer and they’re going to give quite a lot of strain on us,” Stimac mentioned.
“However that’s one thing we need to face and that’s the reason we’re taking part in worldwide pleasant in opposition to them. I do not count on my gamers to regulate the sport however we have now to discover a option to compete in opposition to them.”
A more durable opponent than Oman by his personal admission, nevertheless it is not going to cease Stimac from bringing in new gamers from his 27-man squad within the match in opposition to UAE.
He mentioned even senior defender Sandesh Jhingan is not going to begin whereas goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is about to play as an alternative of Amrinder Singh and captain the facet.
“We’re going to see everybody who didn’t play within the first recreation within the match in opposition to UAE. These are pleasant matches which I’ll use to seek out out the very best (gamers) for the upcoming matches (World Cup qualifiers),” the top coach mentioned.
“I can let you know Sandesh is just not going to be concerned in opposition to UAE. I must play Adil Khan additionally. It is not going to be justice to the remaining gamers if they aren’t fielded in these pleasant matches.”
UAE are one of many strongest sides in Asia they usually reached the semifinals within the 2019 Asian Cup they hosted. However they’ve been struggling a bit lately.
Within the 4 worldwide matches they’ve performed after the COVID-19 lockdown, they’ve misplaced twice — in opposition to Uzbekistan and Bahrain — and received one — in opposition to Tajikistan. Their final match — in opposition to Iraq — had resulted in a goal-less attract January. Since then, Monday’s match in opposition to India shall be their first worldwide match.
India (From): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Dheeraj Singh, Ashutosh Mehta, Akash Mishra, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Singh, Adil Khan, Mandar Rao Dessai, Mashoor Shereef, Rowllin Borges, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Bipin Singh, Yasir Mohammad, Suresh Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan, Manvir Singh, Ishan Pandita, Hitesh Sharma, Liston Colaco.
Match Begins at eight.30pm IST.