Indian national team head coach, Igor Stimac has opened up on the criticism aimed at him and the pressure he is under following the Blue Tigers below-par performances off late, revealing that the opinions on social media should not be taken seriously.
Stimac saw his side only manage to secure a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their 2021 SAFF Championship opener on Monday, despite playing with a man's advantage for nearly an entire half. India went into the game as the favourites, and though they took the lead early on courtesy of a striker from Sunil Chhetri, they failed to push on from there and register a win.
The 54-year-old has come in for criticism for India's poor performances in the past year or so and the man himself has revealed that he does not care what is written about him on social media.
"I don't think and care about pressure. I don't want to bring any pressure in our dressing room as pressure is not good. I came to India to help restructure football and create a new team that will become successful. It is a long process and it will take a lot of sacrifices. I am not complaining. We get what we get. We get little time together and we have to make the most of it to get better.
"Social media will never be silent. From the very first day, they will find things that you do not good enough. Social media will never decide who will play for the Indian team and I hope they don't decide who will be the coach of the Indian team. They can write whatever they like. It's an open network but serious people shouldn't care about social media," Stimac added.
India are placed third in their group with one point from their single game, and are currently behind Nepal and Bangladesh - though these two teams have played a game more.