The Blue Colts are currently on top of Group E.

“We are treating the match against Kyrgyzstan as any other game,” India head coach Igor Stimac averred prior to India U-23’s crucial encounter against Kyrgyz Republic in the qualifiers for the AFC U23 Asian Cup.

India U23 are currently on three points from two matches, and a win against Kyrgyzstan will brighten their chances of qualifying for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup scheduled to be held in Uzbekistan in 2022.

Playing without fear

“The boys need to try staying concentrated and disciplined, always respectful to the opponent, but without any fear,” Igor Stimac added.

“Moving the ball quickly, and switching sides is crucial against aggressive teams like Kyrgyz. So let’s hope our boys will stay focused. We have seen in our last match against UAE that the pace of the game is much quicker than what our boys are used to. So having more than 2 touches on the ball doesn’t help,” he maintained.

India had beaten Oman 2-1 in their first encounter and suffered a 0-1 loss against hosts UAE in their next match. In contrast, the Kyrgyz Republic beat UAE 2-1 in their first match, while they lost to Oman 0-1 in the second.

Thoughts on Kyrgyzstan

“Kyrgyz Republic defeated UAE deservedly and were unlucky to lose to Oman in the dying minutes after missing some great chances. They are an aggressive side, and are physically very strong, well prepared and quick in transition,” the coach explained.

“They have 4-5 players with great technical abilities so we shouldn’t leave time or space for them to operate. Of the ball, they move well and we need to find a way to move the ball before they get to us. It will be a very interesting game,” said Igor Stimac.

India are set to play the Kyrgyz Republic later today (October 30) at 10:00 pm IST at the Fujairah Stadium in UAE.

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