Asian Cup 2019, India vs UAE: What the Specialists say

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09 Jan 2019, 18:24 IST

India come off a 4-1 win over Thailand in their Asian Cup opener (Image: AIFF Media)
India come off a 4-1 win over Thailand of their Asian Cup opener (Picture: AIFF Media)

India vs UAE – what can occur on the Zayed Sports activities Metropolis Stadium in Abu Dhabi at 9.30 pm IST on Thursday?

India are driving excessive after a morale-boosting 4-1 win over Thailand of their Asian Cup 2019 opener.

The hosts UAE, nevertheless, struggled to make something of their sport in opposition to Bahrain and drew 1-1 within the match opener.

India nonetheless go into the sport as underdogs however will go together with confidence.

However who’s the favorite? Does Stephen Constantine have one other trick up his sleeve? Will UAE coach Albert Zaccheroni go all out for that win?

We requested just a few former India gamers and a few present gamers as effectively on what they count on from the sport.

Here is what they needed to say:


Bhaichung Bhutia

(Indian soccer legend and former captain of the nationwide workforce) 

Bhaichung Bhutia
Bhaichung Bhutia

India is an efficient workforce. I’m assured now that they’ll stick with it to the following spherical. You’ll be able to’t loosen up. 

It is a robust sport as a result of they’re taking part in at dwelling. I believe with the preparations for the Asian Cup and the way in which they’ve ready, they’ve been constant even within the friendlies. 

The blokes are giving their hearts out on the pitch and I may see that within the sport in opposition to Thailand. We are able to hope for a very good outcome in opposition to UAE but it surely’s tough. I believe even when they get one level from this sport, will probably be good for India.

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Renedy Singh

(former India captain, midfielder; Commentator on Star Sports activities)

Renedy Singh
Renedy Singh

Now we have performed UAE earlier than in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. We beat them 1-Zero at dwelling on April 8, 2001, and misplaced by 1-Zero in Dubai on April 26, 2001. Bhaichung was despatched off in that match and we had been taking part in with 10 males. That was again then.

All gamers, with the publicity they have within the kind the Indian Tremendous League, are tactically higher now. This may assist them do effectively.

Ashique Kuruniyan has carried out rather well for FC Pune Metropolis and has developed as a participant since that stint with Villarreal. The coach has seen that and used him effectively within the sport in opposition to Thailand.

Nonetheless, this sport will probably be totally different. India should play in a compact manner and watch for the precise second to assault.

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Steven Dias

(former India midfielder, often called the David Beckham of India. At the moment the coach of Bold Soccer Academy in Mumbai)

Steven Dias
Steven Dias

I believe we are going to win 1-Zero in the event that they play in response to energy and this coach is basically clever. He is aware of what UAE’s weak spot is. I believe if we use this and play in response to our strengths, we will certainly win this 1-0.

The complete squad of the nationwide workforce is having fun with good kind now. Gurpreet is essential to maintain the clear sheet for India. The rock-solid defence we now have bought underneath Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika could have a serious function to play on this match.

UAE will go all out on this sport, I really feel. The primary match is at all times essential and since they drew their first sport 1-1 with Bahrain, I’m 100 per cent certain that they’ll play attacking soccer. 

We will not go all out in opposition to UAE. They’re fairly robust and we won’t depart a niche within the midfield. Now we have to see how they’re coming in opposition to us for the primary 10 minutes. Now we have to maintain the defence stable for the primary 10 minutes, see what they’re doing and preserve possession and counter them.

The best way we performed within the second half in opposition to Thailand, if we play like that, we are able to win this.

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Subsequent slide: What the present gamers should say concerning the match

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SENIOR ANALYST

Aravind Suchindran is a sports activities reporter from Bangalore, who has beforehand labored with the Occasions Of India and Bangalore Mirror. When not writing, he likes to learn between the strains. When bored of studying between the strains, he likes to play soccer and discover the world.

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