The real test of Indian football will begin now: Igor Stimac

PANAJI: Seeing the Indian probale starting 11 in a practice against reserves, the head coach of India Igor Stimac He moved excitedly from the stands to look more closely. There was Sunil Chhetri scoring goals at ease, the midfielders reached a pace and the extremes like Brandon Fernandes and Ashique Kuruniyan gave their markers a steamy time.

However, it was in the back where Stimac was most worried. A quick goal from the reserves was enough to blow the whistle at GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim last week.

If India remains in the race for a place in the next stage of the World Cup qualifiers, the defenders will have to hit above their weight, particularly in the first two games against the strong Oman (September 5) and the Asian champions Qatar (September 10). ) In the five games under Stimac, a solid central defender, the defense has conceded three goals against Curacao, four against Tajikistan and five against North Korea.

Now, nothing is more important than the results and I have not forgotten that I have two goals with the Indian team. These are demands of the Indian team fans: first, they want us to play exciting football and second, win games, Stimac told TOI.