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We are ourselves guilty for not winning against Bangladesh, admits Igor Stimac

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India were held to a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh on Monday

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We are ourselves guilty for not winning against Bangladesh, admits Igor Stimac

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Press Release

10/06/2021

Indian national football team coach Igor Stimac feels that have only themselves to blame for not winning the match against Bangladesh. In spite of Sunol Chhetri's strike in the first half, they conceded late in the match and shared the spoils in India's opening match of the SAFF Championships.

Indian National Team Head Coach Igor Stimac admitted “we are ourselves guilty for not winning the match against Bangladesh.”

Speaking about India’s first match, he mentioned: “We had everything in control, we dominated the game, and had a one-nil advantage, and even had a one-man advantage. But despite all of that, for some unknown reasons, we started giving away simple passes, making unnecessary mistakes. And if you boost the confidence of your opponent, that’s how it finishes when you give them a chance.”

India lost lead to a 10-man Bangladesh as their first match in the SAFF Championship 2021 ended 1-1. India next play Sri Lanka in their next match day after (October 7). The Blue Tigers, today, had their recovery session in the gym, and will hit the training ground again tomorrow (October 6).

Referring to the match against Bangladesh, Stimac added: “We were punished today for not being reasonable in certain situations, and for not using our experience. This is an experienced Indian team. I expected much more because too many times there was unnecessary nervousness, and that’s hard to explain.”

With the medical team tirelessly working with the players, there are no current concerns, with everyone being available for the match against Sri Lanka.

“We are now looking forward to the next match. We have another three matches in the group stage in which we need to play well. The boys played very good football for more than 75 minutes – progressive football, reasonably passing the ball around, and getting into dangerous positions,” Stimac opined.

“But 15 minutes is too much in an International match for not being organised, and making many mistakes.” The kick-off of India’s match against Sri Lanka is at IST 4.30pm on October 7, and the match will be telecast live on Eurosport.

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