FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

India has transformed into a better unit in last some years: Qatar coach Carlos Queiroz

Gourav SamalGourav Samal
November 20 2023
Carlos Queiroz
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Qatar won their last game against Afghanistan by 7 goals

Qatar is going to face India in their next Round 2 of 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. 

The Asian giants are currently positioned in Group A of the qualifiers, alongside India, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. Following a commanding performance in their first match against Afghanistan, which resulted in a resounding victory of 8-1 goals, they have now emerged as the group leaders.

In the pre-match press conference, the coach of Qatar, Carlos Queiroz, and their captain, Hassan Al Haydos, displayed a resolute attitude as they prepared to face India on their home ground.

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers | India Vs Qatar Press Conference ft. Igor Stimac & Carlos Queiroz

Approach towards the game

When asked about their approach for the game against India, Carlos Queiroz replied, “Our approach is one of utmost humility, as we recognize that we are facing a formidable opponent. However, it is also characterized by a resolute courage and an adventurous spirit. Without these qualities, we would be incapable of playing with intention, adopting a positive style of football, launching attacking moves and ultimately securing victory.” 

“Thus, our approach is founded upon respect, while simultaneously empowering us to play our brand of football with calculated decisions, dynamic movements, and assertiveness in both tackling and marking. We embrace this approach wholeheartedly, always playing with an unwavering goal in mind, to emerge triumphant at the final whistle” he added.

Improvement in India’s game

No doubt, India is progressively enhancing its performance in football and has also attained a multitude of accolades in recent years. Carlos Queiroz also praised India’s game as he said, “The team is in a commendable state, displaying remarkable cohesion and organization. Each player possesses a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities, fostering seamless communication and cooperation among them. This profound synergy serves as a testament to the team’s evolution.”

“Comparing it to my experience playing here a few years ago, where we comprised a mere collection of talented individuals, the transformation into a unified unit is evident. Now, when facing this team on the pitch, opponents encounter formidable challenges due to the team’s strategic prowess” captain Al Haydos added.

Prior experience of playing in India

Qatar’s captain, Hassan Al Haydos, has previously competed against India on their home ground. His extensive experience will undoubtedly serve as a crucial asset for the Qatar team as they prepare to face India tomorrow. 

“Yes, I have previously competed against India, however, each match is unique. This upcoming game holds great significance for both teams. With optimism, we aim to showcase our true potential and secure the three points”, Hasan stated.  

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