Constantine confident of India’s good showing against China

Suzhou (China), October 12 (PTI) India could be touted as a non-favorite in the long-awaited football friendly against China here on Saturday, but national coach Stephen Constantine hopes to give his opponents a good fight. greater range.

India and China will meet face-to-face in a friendly soccer match for the first time in 21 years on Saturday, with the home team as a firm favorite despite recent bad form.

The first time in China, although their top teams have faced each other 17 times in the past. China has played seven times in India, all of them in the invitation tournament Nehru Cup.

"The conditions are ideal and it will be a crucial match for us before the Asian Cup, it will really be a great football contest. we and the entire team are looking forward to it, "said Constantine.

Constantine also thanked the Chinese Football Federation for the warmth and support given to the Indian contingent.

"I would like to thank the Chinese Federation for the hospitality and warm welcome we have received since we landed here, we have trained and the pitch is in excellent condition, we are all looking forward to the game," he added.

Despite the fact that the Red Dragons failed to get positive results in recent times, Constantino warned his children "do not be fooled" by the recent results of their rivals.

"Rome was not built in a day, we will certainly not be deceived by the recent results of the Chinese team, a very good side as well as having a great coach, I understand that everyone wants an immediate result, but it takes time to build the team, I think Mr. Marcello Lippi is trying to do that, "said the coach of India.

Constantine said it would be a great learning experience for the youth of the team.

"The U-23 team has performed quite well recently and it may be the perfect opportunity for them to play against China in this fantastic stadium would be a lesson for everyone", he signed

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