The Blue Tigers will face European opposition for the first time in a decade.
We are just a couple of hours away before the India vs Belarus match in the second international friendly at the Bahrain National Stadium. The Blue Tigers lost their first friendly against Bahrain by a 1-2 margin.
After the close defeat to Bahrain in their previous friendly, Igor Stimac and his men would want to produce a better performance and hopefully get an unexpected result. With the three Mumbai City FC players returning to their team camp in Dubai, Stimac has a 22-member squad for the game against Belarus. The head coach promised several changes to his starting XI for the match against Belarus.
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“There will be some big changes for the Belarus game. I want to introduce a new team with fresh faces and energy which will give us more stability in the passing front. Friendly games are the best opportunity to give players the chance to perform. I believe if you don’t take risks, you will never succeed,” said Stimac at the pre-match PC.
“International football is more demanding especially when we are playing higher ranked teams. There is a huge difference in the energy levels. I understand the players are mentally exhausted from staying in a bio bubble for long. But I want my players to get used to such energy levels of playing in international football.”
Meanwhile, on March 10, Belarus announced their squad for the two friendlies. But, some changes have been made prior to their arrival in Bahrain on 22nd March. The likes of goalkeeper Pavel Pavlyuchenko (injured) and midfielders Artem Kontsevoy and Alexander Selyava were left out of the final squad. As a result of which, Roman Stepanov (goalkeeper) and Artem Bykov (midfielder) are in the team.
As we build to the kick-off, read all about the match, predicted XI, Team News, Head-to-Head Records and more in our Preview Here.