Ahead of India’s World Cup Qualifier 2021 match versus Bangladesh on June 7, midfielder Brandon Fernandes has mentioned that the focus of the Blue Tigers has shifted to the upcoming match as 0-1 loss towards Qatar was a factor of previous now.
A ten-man Indian workforce fought valiantly however may solely win hearts as the Asian champions edged previous the Sunil Chhetri-led facet to increase their lead at the high of Group E factors desk
Call it the magnificence or the tragedy of the bio bubble, the Indian and Bangladeshi contingent regardless of being in the identical workforce lodge haven’t exchanged pleasantries in Doha to this point they haven’t met as but. Different flooring, totally different venues for meals, devoted timings for fitness center periods, and totally different venues for coaching.
Both groups had combined outcomes whereas Bangladesh got here again from behind to carry Afghanistan 1-1 and earn some extent, India, regardless of combating it out with 10-males towards Asian champions Qatar did handle to win hearts, however returned empty handed.
Coach Igor Stimac is very meticulous. He by no means shouts, however simplifies and explains. He is affected person, understanding. The boys really feel it, nod, and work their hearts out.
Brandon Fernandes states, “We are moving as a team and we need to back each other. We are aware that we have specific roles in the team. The next match is extremely crucial as we need to sustain the momentum gained in the first match. The first match is history.”
You take a sneak peek into the Bangladesh camp, not in a direct face-to-face meet, however over the telephone. “I am very pleased with the performance against Afghanistan. The players did very well on the field, and worked extremely hard. It reflects the attitude which this team possesses to come back from behind and get back into the game,” Bangladesh coach Jamie Day mentions.
Captain Jamal Bhuyan, additionally the poster boy of Bangladesh soccer, who had performed for Mohammedan Sporting in the Hero I-League, feels it’s “going to be an intense match” when the two groups take the subject on June 7.
“It will be intense with a lot of battles. It’s a beautiful match to be a part of. Last time in Kolkata we were disappointed not to get the 3 points as India scored very late in the game. We have that hunger in us, and we know we can do some damage,” he avers.
“The confidence in our team is good at the moment. We had our chances to win against Afghanistan. We take that confidence with us into the India game,” Jamal provides.
Day, however, mentions the distinction in the rating between the two groups. “India are a very good team. They are a much higher-ranked team than us who should be beating the likes of Bangladesh. The difference in ranking and quality is huge. In Kolkata, we did play very well. I look back and feel that India had an off-day on that night at the majestic YBK,” he expresses.
“You look at India’s last match against Qatar with 10-men they fought like warriors and lost 0-1. It only depicts the quality in their side. We are looking forward to the game. We are aware that we need to play to our maximum, and hope India have another off-day.”
Defender Subhashish Bose, nevertheless, is fast to level out that the rankings don’t matter as soon as you are taking the subject. “We are aware of the quality of the Bangladesh team. They are a side that plays a lot of counter-attack football, and that is very dangerous. India versus Bangladesh have always been exciting and close matches. We have huge respect for Bangladesh,” Bose maintains.
Meanwhile, Bhuyan did admit that there are talks of him enjoying in the Hero ISL, however did make clear that “nothing is concrete as yet”.
“At the moment there is nothing concrete. But I think if I join the Hero ISL it would be a good move, and also there would be a huge following into the ISL from Bangladesh fans because they are crazy about football.”