Indian Football

India Football: Team lacks quality finishers, claims Mariano Dias

Arjun Singh Devgan
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All India Football Federation (AIFF) coach educator, Mariano Dias has opened up on the current state of Indian football, claiming that the Blue Tigers lack quality finishers.

"Our team's performance was shocking and they could have played better.  You should not register back to back draws against low ranking teams like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. We are lacking quality finishers in our forward lineup," he said as per Indian Express.

India under Stimac have not have had the best of results but Dias opened up on the impact of foreign coaches on the country, while also revealing the importance of club football in developing talent.

"There is no doubt that the overseas coaches are having better international experience and less understanding about Indian football and players. I believe the Indian coaches are in no way lesser than them.  Have faith in Indian coaches and give them ample amounts of time, they will definitely produce results for the nation.

For the development of football, the clubs form a vital component. The clubs must give priority to the grassroot and youth development programs. Just imagine, if each club in our country develops one quality player, then that will strengthen our national team in a big way.