AFC ASIAN CUP: India still have work to do: Constantine

Abu Dhabi, January 6, 2019: Head coach Stephen Constantine asserts there is still work to be done despite India’s 4-1 win against Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup on Sunday.

“We try to win every match that we play in. We don’t go into a match expecting to win 4-1 or 5-1. However, we are not trying to get carried away with the emotion. We still have two games left and we still need another two points to qualify from the group stages. After we have qualified, we can get a little bit excited but our primary job is still to qualify out of the group stages. It is a cliche as it is just another match for us. It is another win that we wanted and have got in the AFC Asian Cup. Tomorrow morning, we train again,” he said at the post-match press conference.

India (with an average age of 25) has the second-youngest side in the tournament.

“We gave a good testament of ourselves against Thailand and we are a young side that is capable of a lot many things. People got a taste of what we can do, today,” he said.

India upped their game in the second-half (the first finished at 1-1) and scored thrice to decimate Thailand.

“The main thing was to make the most of our chances and that we did today. I am happy that we are converting from the chances that we are making. We do start a little slow as the first 15-20 minutes can be a little nervous. It was important to not concede a goal in those minutes and that is what we did,” concluded Constantine.


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