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FIFA U-17 World Cup: I believe we can make an impression - Luis Norton de Matos

Goal.com logo Goal.com 21-07-2017

India U-17 head coach Luis Norton de Matos believes that even though the odds are against his side, the colts can produce unexpected results in the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The subcontinent is all set to host the football extravaganza which kicks off on October 6. The hosts are pitted in a tough group alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana.

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De Matos on Thursday addressed the media where he spoke on India’s chances at the World Cup.

He said: “We realise our chances of winning a match is extremely bleak in the competition. I think we have a five percent chance of achieving a positive result in those games and we need to fight for that.

“The coming months will be tough because the players will have to concentrate hard, but we cannot be more confident going into the first game because I believe we can make an impression.”

The Portuguese coach was asked about India’s home advantage in this tournament and how the conditions and the weather might prove to be an advantage for the Blue colts, to which he said, “It is unwise to consider that we will have any home advantage. The players from Ghana and Colombia will have no problems in getting accustomed to the weather here and the USA team is already training in Dubai to prepare for the World Cup.”

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We have witnessed great progress in the Indian side in the last 6 months. From a team which underperformed against quality opponents, the Cubs have clearly raised their standards by great margin under the tutelage of De Matos.

Since former coach Nicolai Adams’ ouster, the team’s performance graph has only gone upwards which raises the fans’hope ahead of the grand tournament.

Speaking about India’s progress, the coach opined, “We have progressed a lot as a team in the last few months. We have produced good football, but it does not matter when there are no points for your performances. However, we showed in Europe that Indian players are on a par with European players.

“When it comes to my contribution, every coach has his own philosophy and I am trying to help them in every possible way. I want to be a leader, not a chief who just gives orders.”

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