India national team head coach, Igor Stimac has opened up on his side's 1-1 draw with Bangladesh in their SAFF Championship 2021 opener on Monday, claiming that the "boys played well for 75 minutes".
India could not take all three points on the night despite going ahead courtesy of a Sunil Chhetri strike in the first half and seeing their opponents reduced to 10 men. Bangladesh equalised in the 74th minute to ensure that they came away with a point in what was their second game of the competition.
Stimac was disappointed with the result as he believed that the players did not capitalise on their experience and finish off the game despite being the better side for the majority of the match.
"We are the guilty party for not winning this one. We had everything in control, we dominated the game, we had the lead and we had one extra player on the pitch and then for some unknown reasons, we started giving away simple passes, making unnecessary mistakes," he said post the game.
"When you boost the confidence of the opponents and you give them the chance, they will take it. So we were punished today for not being reasonable in certain situations. We did not use our experience, because this was an experienced Indian side. I expected much more in that sense.
"I need to say that our boys played good football for more than 75 minutes. They played progressive football, they were passing well, coming to dangerous positions. But 15 minutes, it is too much of a time to not being organised, giving away too many balls and making too many mistakes. So we need to work on that and we will be okay," he added.
The Blue Tigers will look to register their first win of the competition when they face Sri Lanka on October 7, followed by games against Nepal and Maldives on 10 and 13 respectively.