FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Coach Luis Norton de Matos believes India can put 'strong teams under pressure'

New Delhi: Entering the FIFA U-17 World Cup as the underdogs, India coach Luis Norton de Matos on Wednesday said his players can give strong teams "a run for their money" on their day.

India are clubbed with Colombia, USA and Ghana in Group A of the tournament starting 6 October.

File image of Luis Norton de Matos. Image courtesy: News18

File image of Luis Norton de Matos. Image courtesy: News18

"If we play to the best of our abilities, we can put a lot of good teams under pressure and give them a run for their money. On our day, we can put strong teams under pressure," Matos said.

"Even if there is five percent chance of winning a match we will fight for the margin and try to extend it."

Matos was appointed head coach in March this year and in a short span of time, he has tried to build a team ready to fight the best, and the Portuguese is now optimistic.

"The players are very focused and are very proud to play for the country. All players are perhaps going to give their 200 percent and will play to the best of their abilities. It is evident that they are raring to go."

The India U-17 side is currently training at the Conscient Football ground in Gurugam.

"The boys know the meaning and sentiment of wearing a national team jersey in a mega tournament like the FIFA World Cup. The sentiment of wearing the national colors and giving your all for the country runs deep in this team.

"In football anything is possible and we will take to the field keeping in mind that fact, to show the world that we belong on the same stage as them."

The Indian Colts face USA on 6 October, before locking horns against Colombia and Ghana on 9 October and 12 October respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.


Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017 18:20 PM

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