India’s Under-17 football team coach Luis Norton de Matos acknowledged the humongous task facing the hosts as they gear up to face three difficult opponents in their 2017 Fifa U-17 World Cup group.
India will be matched against the likes of United States, Colombia and Ghana in Group A of the tournament which is being held in India from October 6-28. On being asked during a press conference if India could even draw a match in their group, De Matos stated that he would not have been in his position if the point was to draw the group-stage games. “After the draw was made, my two boys present at the draw – Sanjeev Stalin and Dheeraj Singh – came up to me and told me that, ‘We are going to win this, coach.’ This is the kind of attitude we want to see in this team.” He added, “We are not going to play against extra-terrestrials. We are going to play against humans, and the boys know that they can make an impression.”
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The Indian Colts next, would be flying to Mexico to partake in a tournament featuring Mexico, Chile, and Colombia in August as part of exposure tour. Coach Matos claims that India would look to play a counter-attacking style in the World Cup and would like to leave an impression. India will clash swords against USA on October 6, before facing Colombia on October 9 and Ghana on October 11.
Given that all three teams in India’s group are “heavy-weights”,how far do you think can the Colts realistically make it in the tournament?