After their home win against the United Arab Emirates, an optimistic Indian women’s team will face Tunisia in Dubai on Monday 4th October. The Indian women’s team had previously beaten the United Arab Emirates 4-1 in Dubai, with Manisha Kalyan, Pyari Xaxa, Sweety Devi and Anju Tamang scoring the goals. The win came after the first away friendly with Thomas Dennerby as head coach, under whose direction the team, with the help of the government of Jharkhand, had trained in Jamshedpur for a month before heading to the United Arab Emirates. “It was definitely a good start for the girls. Such a win gives the players some self-confidence, ”said head coach Dennerby after their first international match with the Indian senior women’s team.
India will face Tunisia, 77th in the FIFA Women’s World Ranking, in the next game. Looking at the game, Dennerby believes that while it will get tougher for the girls, the goal remains to secure victory.
“I think it will be a little more difficult against Tunisia but we are still trying to win and that is exactly what we are going to try,” said Dennerby. “It’s good that we’re playing against a relatively tougher team like Tunisia. We have to get used to playing at a faster pace.
On the way of the Indian women’s team to the next game, the goal of winning may remain the same, but at the same time Dennerby is also wary of “technical errors” that could arise from what the Swedish coach is trying to iron out.
“There are ups and downs in every game. There were times when we were very good at controlling the game, but there were also times when we tried to force the game more than necessary, ”said the licensed UEFA pro coach. “When you try to force the game, you tend to make small, not forced, mistakes and that can hurt us when we are up against the best teams. We must therefore work to eliminate these errors. ”
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