Coming on back of six consecutive wins including the unofficial match against Bhutan, the Indian national team will take on Nepal in an here at the Andheri Sports Complex today. This match comes ahead of India’s crucial against Kyrgyz Republic on June 13 in Bengaluru.Speaking at the official pre-match press conference, head coach did not beat around the bush. “I hope to get a win against Nepal and I hope to see players who vie for the starting XI put up a good show so I can assess them for the game against Kyrgyz Republic which is a very important match for us,” he stated.“The FIFA Rankings are just one aspect of the game. It is not as if we would now relax, we would not be pushing to break the 100 barrier. However our focus is completely now on Nepal and we will take one game at a time,” he added. Nepal have always reserved their best against India though the recent results against Nepal have been in India’s favour.However, Constantine believes that it will be a different setting altogether tomorrow. “Nepal is a very hard working team and we expect the usual from them – a tough fight till they cannot fight anymore. Initially we had Lebanon to play but we could not host them because of visa difficulties. I need to thank Nepal for coming to play us.”
Constantine’s men will also be looking to draw inspiration from their recent rise in the FIFA Rankings, which sees India ranked 100 – a historic moment for Indian Football only achieved thrice. “We have come a long way and if we keep on working like this and if we focus on the AFC Asian Cup we can make it and go even higher in the FIFA ladder”, Gurpreet added.
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