Indian Super League (ISL) star, Marcelo Pereira has come to the defence of India national team coach, Igor Stimac following the criticism aimed at him following the 6-0 drubbing at the hands of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an international friendly.
Pereira, who is on loan at ATK Mohun Bagan from Odisha FC is one of the more prominent voices to to come out in the support of the India national team and Stimac by stating that there has been progress every year in the country.
"UAE has two key foreign players [Fabio Lima and Sebastian Tagliabue] with local passport, [that] makes total difference in the game but we trust in the process. I am sure the future is bright for Indian football, every year the progress is a true fact," he tweeted.
Stimac had handed out debuts to as many as 10 players during India's international friendlies with Oman and UAE, and while they gave a good account of themselves in the first game - the second one was not a night to remember as they suffered their biggest defeat in over a decade.
The fans will hope that the youngsters learn from the experiences on hand from the two international friendlies and put on a better performance when they are next in action, with the Blue Tigers scheduled to face Qatar in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers on 3 June.