India played out a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their SAFF Championship 2021 opener on Monday. They had to settle for a draw despite taking the lead first, via Sunil Chhetri’s strike in the first half. And after this debut, national team Blue Tigers’ head coach Igor Stimac discusses Indian football players’ 1-1 draw with Bangladesh.
Stimac reasoned that lapse of concentration, after playing good football in the first 75 minutes, costed India a win here. The Croatian thus admitted their devolution in the draw with Bangladesh.
The Bangla Tigers were down to 10 men in the second after Bishwanath Ghosh faced a red card due to a challenge on Liston Colaco.
But even after going on with just ten men, Oscar Bruzon’s side came back into the game, late. In the 74th minute, Yeasin Arafat found the back of the net.
And India’s head coach Igor Stimac was understandably disappointed with the result. He stated, via Goal in football today, that India could not capitalise on their experience. They were unable to finish off the game despite being the better side for the majority of the match.
Igor Stimac Discusses Indian Football Players’ 1-1 Draw with Bangladesh
India head coach Igor Stimac first said of the opening draw with Bangladesh: “I would like to congratulate both teams. I think, till now, this was the best game of football out of the three matches that have been played (in SAFF Championship 2021).”
But then, Stimac went on to say: “We are the guilty party for not winning this one. We had everything in control, we dominated the game, we had the lead and we had one extra player on the pitch and then for some unknown reasons, we started giving away simple passes, making unnecessary mistakes.”
“When you boost the confidence of the opponents and you give them the chance, they will take it,” he added. “So, we were punished today for not being reasonable in certain situations. We did not use our experience, because this was an experienced Indian side. I expected much more in that sense.
“Nonetheless, it was a good game of football.”
“Congratulations to Bangladesh, they came back and scored. We have to look forward now. We don’t have much time,” stated the Croatian coach.
He added: “We have another three games, we need to play well.”
Beside this, Stimac suggested that his team were collectively good for 75 minutes in the match. But they lost focus in the remaining 15 minutes in various patches during the game.
And this eventually cost them the win: I need to say that our boys played good football for more than 75 minutes. “They played progressive football, they were passing well, coming to dangerous positions. But 15 minutes, it is too much of a time to not being organised, giving away too many balls and making too many mistakes. So, we need to work on that and we will be okay.”