Mumbai: Indian football team winger Jackichand Singh said that his side were not over confident and will take one game at a time in the Tri-Nation Series beginning here on Saturday.
India play against Mauritius on 19 August before taking on St Kitts and Nevis on 24 August in the tournament seen as a part of preparation for the Asian AFC Cup qualifier game against Macau on 5 September.
"We need to take little pressure. We are becoming a better and consistent team day by day. We are not over confident but we are taking one match at a time," Jackichand told reporters here ahead of the team's training session here.
India coach Stephen Constantine has given young players chance whenever the team plays, and so Jackichand feels that players are competing with each other but not openly.
"Each player wants to keep their place in the starting XI. We do compete with each other, but we can't do that openly. We know if we work hard and perform at training, we'll be selected," he added.
Asserting that the team was performing well, Jackichand gave the credit to the coach.
"The team is performing well. What has changed it is because of the coach and trainers. The players work together all the time and I think that's why we are becoming stronger. GPS has also helped us," said the Manipuri player.
Jackichand said the coach has shown them videos of their opponents Mauritius and St Kits and Nevis.
"The coach has shown us some (videos) but not a lot. We go by what the coach tells us to do," the India player added.
He said that younger players like Jerry (Lalrinzuala) and Udanta (Singh) were doing well and they ask seniors for tips, who told them how it's different between playing for club and national team.
Published Date: Aug 17, 2017 10:26 pm | Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 10:26 pm