Igor Stimac, the coach of the Indian football team, expresses his confidence a on the team ahead of the India vs Qatar FIFA World Cup Qualifier game.
Igor Stimac, the coach of India’s Football Team, is not scared by Qatar’s challenge. India will face Qatar at the Kalinga Stadium on November 21 in their next FIFA World Cup Qualifier. The Blue Tigers won their first match 1-0 on the road against Kuwait. And even though Stimac is aware of the threat Qatar pose, he has asked Sunil Chhetri & Co to show their quality in India vs Qatar game.
“The first and biggest part was achieved by winning against Kuwait.” “Now I want them to show their quality and not take any pressure against Qatar,” Stimac speaking AIFF.
Qatar’s spectacular start to their FIFA World Cup Qualification campaign began with a stunning 8-1 win over Afghanistan. They are the clear favourites to win Group A and advance to the next round.
Can India do it again?
India’s tenacious team held Asian football giants Qatar to a goalless tie in Doha four years ago. Igor Stimac was the head coach of the Indian team.
Tuesday, the Croatian will again be on the bench in India vs Qatar for another World Cup qualifying match. This time in the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico, for the 2026 edition.
Igor Stimac is undoubtedly more confident than at the start of this season in the India vs Qatar match. The thrilling victory over Kuwait transformed the entire scenario.
Sunil Chhetri’s team is now under high expectations. Igor Stimac said that the Blue Tigers will be playing to win in India vs Qatar, but it will be a tough match.
“We have analyzed Qatar from all angles and positions and know very clearly what they are capable in terms speed and strength. They are in perfect defensive and attacking positions, as demonstrated by their eight goals against Afghanistan. They could have scored eight goals more. “The next match is going to be difficult, and I want the boys to have fun.” Stimac added.
Ashique Kuruniyan will remain unavailable for India. Igor Stimac appears to have found the perfect lineup that maximizes each player’s talent.
“Our main concern was the impact of the injuries on the quality and quantity of the starting XI. Anwar Ali, Ashique Kuruniyan, and Jeakson Singh are young players who bring energy and quality to the team. Their loss was a major blow. We were able overcome the crisis against Kuwait through sheer hard work, and also having a pool of players in the national team who helped us find the correct replacements. He concluded.