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India U-17 coach de Matos: We’re ready for a tough fight!

“We have forgotten the result against the USA. Tomorrow is a new day and we’ll fight our best for a result,” Luis Norton de Matos, Head Coach of Indian U-17 World Cup Team stated some 24 hours before taking on Colombia in India’s second match of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi tonight, October 9. The kick-off is slated for 8pm IST.

“I would like to win. The boys are looking very focused and concentrated. We know that they’ll put up a tough fight for us. We’re ready for that,” de Matos added. “I’m sure that they’ll be fighting until the last second of the match. They’re really focused and they’ll fight tooth and nail to get a good result.”

Meanwhile, Colombia went down to Ghana by a solitary goal in the Group A opener of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

“I’ve watched a lot of their videos. I watched the first 25 minutes of the first match as well. They’ll impose a strong physical challenge for us,” de Matos maintained. “We’re well organised right now and we have to be apt on that to swing it in our way. We must play with our stronger points and I feel, the team-organisation is best right now.”

He foresees nothing less than a taxing match but pronounced that a minor mistake can cost a lot. “The players are confident and know what is expected from them. We can’t make any mistake and we have to keep a good pressure on them throughout.”

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