The India U-23 boys’ gutsy display against the three-time A-League champions Sydney FC has earned them a very special fan, none other than Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica. He labelled Constantine’s boys as ‘a good side to face’ and the game was nothing less than ‘another good step’ during the pre-season.
“They were a good side to face and they moved the ball well. they played a compact game which was a good test for our team. We considered this game as another good step in our preparation for the upcoming A-League season.”
After conceding two late goals in the first half, the Indian boys showed their diligence in the second half to push the Sky Blues back to their own half. The hosts found the back of the net once again in the last quarter of the match but Corica shared a useful advice for the boys.
“Just continue to train hard and work on all aspects of the game, keep on improving and striving to be a better player in future.”
On being asked whether he’d pick a standout performer from the Indian team, he stated that they played the game as a cohesive unit which is the primary aspect of a football team.
“I couldn’t pick one single player, as a unit, they were well-drilled and performed admirably.”
Moreover, the former Leicester City FC midfielder wished the Indian contingent before they head to Dhaka for the SAFF Championship.
“We wish the Indian U-23 side best of luck for the upcoming SAFF Cup and we’re sure they’ll put on a good performance”, Corica signed off.
India will kick-off their SAFF Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on September 5.