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India U-23 gear up for the do-or-die battle against UAE!

After the defeat against hosts China by a slender margin, India U-23 are determined to turn things around in their last group stage match of the Group G AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers against UAE on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.

The match will kick off at the Dalian Sports Centre Stadium at 2pm IST.

A win for UAE will take them to the top of the group since they drew 1-1 in their first game against China PR, while India will have to win by a big margin to keep alive their hopes of qualifying as one of the top four second-placed teams in the competition.

“I’m very pleased with the way my players have reacted after the game against China PR. Their attitude is fantastic and their dedication and professionalism are unwavering. These are the things that matter the most, especially in the first training session after a defeat. The boys are hurt because of the loss and the manner in which we lost, but their attitude is extremely positive and they are raring to go again with the same spirit in the next game against UAE,” said India U-23 Head Coach Clifford Miranda.

Sharing his thoughts on the upcoming opponents, Miranda said: “UAE is both technical and physical, but I think we are capable enough to handle any kind of physicality. We are also very strong, even though we may be inferior in terms of height. There is no deterrent or excuse for matching up against the UAE.”

When asked if there will be an attack-heavy approach to the last game, specifically because India will need to win big to give themselves a chance to qualify for the final round of the competition, the former India player said he believed it’s a bit more complex than that.

“It’s an international game and we can’t just be thinking about scoring and leave openings that our opponents can capitalise on. The most important thing is to have a positive approach to go out and win the game, but win the game with caution. We will assess the match-up and be careful in our approach. Of course, we need to play to win, but we need to win by being practical.”

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