Indian Football

India Coach Igor Stimac Gives 'Credit' to His Side for Comfortable 2-0 Win Over Bangladesh

Arjun Singh Devgan
Igor Stimac is the current head coach of India national football team
Igor Stimac is the current head coach of India national football team / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images

India national team head coach, Igor Stimac has revealed that he extremely pleased with the way his side played during their 2-0 win over Bangladesh in their 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifier at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Monday night.

The Blue Tigers had inspirational skipper and talisman, Sunil Chhetri to thank for the win as his brace on the night ensured that Stimac's side got all three points on the night and registered their first win in the qualifiers.

“We presented football as it should be. That's the way we always want to play. Of course, it's not always possible but when we are favourites against a lower-ranked team, it's something that we will like to present. The players did everything they could to get the win. So, all the credit to them for executing the game plan perfectly,” Stimac said at the post-match press conference.

The 53-year-old went into the qualifiers under intense scrutiny and heavy pressure due to lack of results from his team, though he reiterated that his message to the players heading into the the games at Doha was to represent the country well - even if they failed to secure a single point.

“Even if we didn't get a single point here out of three games, all I asked from my boys to do well and represent the country disciplined, together as a team. If we were going to lose a game, we would lose it as a team because we didn't have any time whatsoever to do things better. But I'm very proud of my boys. They worked their socks off, they are learning and I think we have a great future,” he added.

India play Afghanistan in their final qualifying game on June 15 with the Blue Tigers currently placed third in Group E, and if they managed to remain third, they will ensure qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup scheduled to held in China.