Important to play at least 10 matches before Asian Cup: Women’s coach Dennerby | Football news


Newly appointed Indian women’s football coach Thomas Dennerby said on Saturday the team are expected to play at least 10 international matches against opponents of varying play styles ahead of the AFC Asian Cup.

Dennerby, 62, who was previously in charge of India’s U-17 Women’s World Cup squad, was hired last month to help the senior squad prepare for the AFC Asian Cup , which will take place in the country from January. February 20 to 6 next year.

“It is very important for us to play 11-13 games before the start of the tournament (AFC Asian Cup). The federation is working very hard to try to help us, we know the situation with corona,” said Dennerby during an interaction with virtual media. .

“It is important for us to play no less than 10 games before the start of the tournament and we have to face different opponents with different styles of play,” he added.

The Indian Football Association (AIFF) has struggled to find an opponent due to Covid-19 quarantine restrictions in various countries. The team is currently assembled in Jamshedpur for the preparatory camp, leading to the mainland event.

“It is difficult for us to find opponents, countries that allow us to come. Yet in some countries India is marked in red. It is difficult for the federation to find attractive opponents to play. But I know they are doing all they can. “

Dennerby, who has more than three decades of experience and has already guided the Swedish women’s national team to a third place at the 2011 FIFA World Cup and a quarterfinal place at the London 2012 Olympic Games , said it is vital that the Indian team play diverse opponents.

“The FIFA window opens tomorrow, but so far we have no confirmation of a match. We are trying everything we can. We have to play against slightly weaker teams to implement offensive ideas and (need) matches against even teams.

“It’s also important to find a slightly better opponent, who will help us pick up the pace of the game, the decision-making, the passing and receiving and whatever else you need to do.

“Even though we are preparing the team now with good endurance training and, but we have to put all the training into the game,” he added.

Dennerby said the goal is to reach the quarterfinals of the Continental Centerpiece.

“We are going to put in a huge effort to reach the knockout stage which means going to the quarter-finals and if we can do that it will be a successful tournament for us.”

“We have a good team, we have different types of players. We have good defenders, strong one-on-one players, etc.”

Speaking of the preparation, Dennerby said, “We’ve been at camp for about three and a half weeks now. A normal week for us is 11 sessions, the girls are working really hard.

“It’s only five and a half months for the AFC Women’s Championship. We have a long term plan and we can’t do everything in the first week, we can’t overload the work, we try to increase the load gradually, ”he said. added.

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