Indian Football

India Football: Head Coach Igor Stimac Hints at Change of Strategy for Key Qualifier Game Against Bangladesh

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

India national team head coach, Igor Stimac that his side will employ a different strategy on the pitch going into their crucial joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifier against Bangladesh in Doha on Monday, June 7.

India are currently winless in the World Cup qualifiers and will need a win on Monday to jump to third spot in the Group E standings in order to remain in contention for a direct berth in the Asian Cup third qualifying round.

If they fail to secure all three points on the night than the Blue Tigers will have to play in the qualifying play-off round of the continental showpiece, and Stimac has hinted in a change of strategy from defensive to offensive during the game.

“It’s a big game for our fans and team. We’re going to approach the game to win it without any disrespect to our opponents. Our aim has stayed the same since the beginning – to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup,” Stimac said at a pre-match conference.

“We are going to try to show some composure different from that of Qatar or Oman match. It’s up to us whether we can handle the match better in regards to ball possession, ball movement, speed and accuracy of passing and the eventual execution.”

Stimac's men are already out of contention for a berth in the 2022 World Cup, and a win against Bangladesh will ease their worries when it comes to qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, scheduled to be held in China.