STEPEHEN CONSTANTINE and his boys will look to continue the winning streak as they face Myanmar at home tomorrow (14th November) in Fatorda stadium in Goa.
At the pre-match press conference the gaffer said,
"It's important we continue the momentum. Keep the winning streak going, see some young players play... we're on a great run, none of us wants that to end."
"Every time we play for India it's an important game. You don't need to motivate players when they play for their country."
Having qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, talking about the preparations for the same, he said,
"Our preparation for AFC Asian Cup is already underway. Players are playing for their positions, their futures. It just start here, doesn't end. The process keeps going."
Talking about tomorrow's opponents, Myanmar, he said,
"Myanmar are a very good side. They are very well coached and well disciplined. They play in a formation similar to us. Coach Zeiss has been with them for 8 years. They gave us a hard time in their home-ground."
"Away at Myanmar we played under pressure, they had a lot of chances and had the home advantage... they played well but at the end of the day we took our chances and they didn't. We can beat them tomorrow. We're at Goa after a long time... hope we get a packed stadium like the time when we played North Korea and Singapore in this stadium."
Talking further about the away match against Myanmar, he said,
"We had a great team shape against Myanmar... in the 90th minute Chhetri was running at 31 kmph, and some youngsters were running at 33 kmph. That shows how much improvement we've made in the last 2 years. The goal against Myanmar was a team effort, created by 4-5 hard working players, and the finish from Chhetri was absolutely clinical... it was one of the best goals of the season."
He spoke about the stadium in Goa and why the camp was held in Mumbai,
"The stadium in Fatorda is great, I especially like the training facilities here... but I wasn't given a guarantee that the stadium would be available twice a day for training so I moved the training camp to Mumbai."
Talking about the rest of the season, he said,
"It's an important year for Indian football... the leagues start next week... more games due to the change in format... it's important for us to end this calendar year with a win."
Stating his plan after tomorrow's match, he said,
"After tomorrow's game I will attend Arsenal's match against Spurs at Emirates and then me and my staff will attend several I-League & ISL games to look for new talent."
Talking about scouting for new talent, he said,
"The scouting search for new players must never end. Not just for the senior team, but also for the U-16 and U-19 squads. I don't care where they come from, as long as they have the potential."
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