hindustantimes : 5 JUNE, 2021, 10:37 PM
India are above Bangladesh in rankings but defender Subhashish Bose acknowledged their opponents’ quality, having chosen to ignore the FIFA peking order.
“We are aware of the quality of the Bangladesh team. They are a side that plays a lot of counter-attacking football, and that is very dangerous. India versus Bangladesh have always been exciting and close matches. We have huge respect for Bangladesh,” Bose said.
India’s match against Bangladesh is scheduled for June 7.
In their previous match, Bangladesh came back from behind to hold Afghanistan 1-1 and earn a point.
“I am very pleased with the performance against Afghanistan. The players worked extremely hard. It reflects the attitude which this team possesses — to come back from behind and get back into the game,” Bangladesh coach Jamie Day said.
Captain Jamal Bhuyan, who had played for Mohammedan Sporting in the Hero I-League, feels it’s “going to be an intense match” when the two teams take the field.
“It will be intense — with a lot of battles. It’s a beautiful match to be a part of. Last time in Kolkata, we were disappointed not to get the 3 points as India scored very late in the game. We have that hunger in us, and we know we can do some damage,” he said.
“The confidence in our team is good at the moment. We had our chance of winning against Afghanistan. We take that confidence with us into the India game,” Jamal added.
Day pointed out the difference in the ranking between the two teams.
“India are a very good team. They are a much higher-ranked team than us who should be beating the likes of Bangladesh. The difference in ranking and quality is huge.
“In Kolkata, we did play very well. I look back and feel that India had an off-day on that night at the majestic YBK,” he said.
“You look at India’s last match against Qatar — with 10 men they fought like warriors and lost 0-1.
“It only depicts the quality in their side. We are looking forward to the game. We are aware that we need to play to our maximum, and hope India have another off-day.”
Meanwhile, Jamal said that there are talks of him playing in the ISL but added that “nothing is concrete as yet”.
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