I do not take a look at rankings, have respect for Cambodia: Igor Stimac | Soccer Information

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KOLKATA: Indian group head coach Igor Stimac refused to learn a lot into their greater rating on the eve of the Asian Cup Qualifiers, saying it does not matter in current day soccer.
Eyeing a second straight Asian Cup qualification and fifth total, 106th ranked India begin as favourites and rank means greater than their three group D opponents in Cambodia, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.
“I respect each opposition. I do not take a look at rankings. Cambodia did not come right here to take part, they got here with the identical want to win the sport,” Stimac mentioned on the eve of their group opener.
“When India have been down 180 in rankings, we went to win the video games and never lose them. I’d even have extra respect for every opponent. I might by no means say we will win in opposition to anybody simply. That will be disrespectful. We have to be prepared, hungry and totally motivated for these video games.”
“There isn’t any straightforward recreation anymore. That was some 50 years in the past. From 100 positions till 180-200, there’s a very small margin and distinction in high quality,” he added.
The Croat, whose contract has been prolonged until the top of the Asian Cup Qualifiers, faces a giant take a look at as he outlined his technique to press for an early objective.
“I might say that we now have ready for any case state of affairs, however we intend to press for the primary minute of the sport and put Cambodia beneath excessive strain.
“We have to show that we’re favourites and we have to management in addition to be able to deal with the counter-attacks. I might say we’re prepared for that.”
Not nervous about friendlies outcomes
India’s build-up to the Qualifiers has been removed from spectacular as they’ve misplaced three of their 4 follow matches, whereas the one in opposition to Zambia was cancelled.
Of the three losses, India have scored as soon as in opposition to Bahrain (1-2) and the opposite two have been lopsided defeats to Belarus (0-3) and Jordan (0-2).
Declaring that he missed star Indian ahead Sunil Chhetri in two matches, Stimac mentioned: “I am by no means nervous in regards to the pleasant video games, much less nervous than you. It is a studying course of. It is extra vital how we do in these official video games.”
“As soon as we began collectively, we have been very clear on what we would have liked to do sooner or later. We have been clear that we would have liked to ensure that India participates in each version of the AFC Asian Cup. These are the steps in soccer in our progress to make the World Cup.”
Match-again Jhingan upbeat
All eyes could be on defender Sandesh Jhingan, who made a comeback throughout their match in opposition to Jordan, after an extended harm layoff.
“You may have seen me play within the AFC Cup. Nothing modifications a lot,” mentioned Jhingan.
Seen as a future India captain, the 28-year-old centre again nonetheless doesn’t nonetheless think about his place “everlasting” within the group.
“Nobody has a everlasting place within the XI. The standard of competitors is so excessive today. You could work very exhausting each day in coaching to earn the precise to play.”
“To play within the Asian Cup is very large and to qualify it on dwelling soil at Kolkata is wonderful. The expertise in Kolkata is very large. Enjoying in entrance of a packed stadium is the stuff of goals for us. The extra the followers come, the higher for us,” he mentioned.
Bheke to overlook out
India will miss their proper again Rahul Bheke, who’s out with an harm, the coach mentioned.
“Other than Rahul, everybody is obtainable for us. He is been out with a minor harm for the final 11 days,” Stimac mentioned.

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