The coach said the team has prepared well ahead of the tournament with tours in Italy, Norway and Spain
India will play other group matches against Morocco and Brazil on October 14 and 17 respectively
The top two teams from each four-team group will advance to the quarter-finals
Bhubaneswar. India are clearly a weak side in the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup starting on Tuesday but head coach Thomas Dennerby on Sunday said the hosts have nothing to lose and are looking to win the prestigious age-group tournament. Ready for the competition. India will open their campaign against the United States at the Kalinga Stadium here on Tuesday and Dennerby said the time has come for the team to show they can compete with the best in the world.
Dennerby said, “It is no longer just about the result. It is to showcase and show that Indian girls can play football. But of course we have our own goals within the team and we are ready to challenge them.
Indian team eager to put up a good show: Coach
“We are determined to score points and score goals against America, Brazil or Morocco,” the coach said. We will show the Indian fans that our team is good. “Dennerby said,” We want to do well. So they can feel that India can really challenge the best teams in the world and it is good to have role models for young girls.”
He said, “And hopefully some of these girls can make it to the senior team in the next few years and in the same way you can see them as role models for many years.” Young girls should know that they can have a successful career in football.
We prepared well before the World Cup: Coach
The Swedish coach said that his team has prepared well ahead of the tournament with tours in Italy, Norway and Spain. He said, “I hope we are ready now.” Let us tell you that India will play its other group matches against Morocco and Brazil on October 14 and 17 respectively. The top two teams from each group of four teams will qualify for the quarterfinals.
Asked if he is under pressure to deliver, Dennerby said, “Obviously, when it comes to the World Cup or other big tournaments, all coaches are under pressure because everyone expects you to be a successful team.” Talking about the strengths and weaknesses of the team, he said, “We are going into this tournament with really good fitness levels now. All these things, training, running sessions have helped a lot and we can see that our fitness level is good.
Coach said- she will be a bit nervous, being nervous is a part of concentration
“The girls have learned about position, where to go when we lose the ball and where to go when we get the ball back,” Dennerby said. All this strategic understanding and positioning has turned out to be really good. I hope it will be difficult to score against us.” He said,” I hope they will be a little nervous. Being nervous is a part of concentration. It is a part of sports preparation to prepare the body. When the referee blows the whistle, you have to forget all that. Then it’s just you and the ball and teammates and opponents.
FIRST PUBLISHED : October 09, 2022, 19:37 IST