India national team head coach, Igor Stimac has opened up on the Blue Tigers 2-1 win over Nepal in their second international friendly on on Sunday at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu, claiming that, "the team has a lot to prove".
Farukh Chaudhary and Sunil Chhetri scored on the night to give India a much needed win, with the visitors showing much more urgency on the field. While Nepal did score late in the game, it was not enough as Stimac's side ended the international friendlies with a boost.
"The second game was much better for both sides than the previous one and somehow I felt that this is far more than a friendly game. We need to congratulate the players of both the teams for their attitude and willingness to win the game. Especially, I need to appreciate my players because they were much more patient this time, waiting for the first goal to happen and waiting for the Nepalese defence to open up," he said post the game.
"After we scored the first goal we started rising up with confidence and playing as we needed to play. Overall our team was better in these two games and deserved to win. The Nepalese team improved a lot. You can see how much it means to the team. I think India still has a lot to prove and many points to improve on," the Croatian added.
The two friendlies served as good preparation for India ahead of their SAFF Championship group stage match against Nepal on October 10.