Will be hard to score against us: India women's U-17 team head coach Thomas Dennerby

India are the hosts of the upcoming FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup and will be taking part in the competition for the first time.

Press Trust of India September 26, 2022 09:14:26 IST
Will be hard to score against us: India women's U-17 team head coach Thomas Dennerby

India U17 Women's football team coach Thomas Dennerby. Image: AIFF

New Delhi: The Indian team for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup which the country will host has improved in defending but needs to work on “attacking and some technical details”, head coach Thomas Dennerby said on Sunday.

Dennerby, who is currently camping in Spain along with the players for an exposure tour ahead of age-group showpiece, said the fitness level of the team will also not be a problem.

“We are well organised and have a good fitness level. The fitness level won’t be a problem. We have good sessions of defending so it will be hard to score on us but we still have to utilise our chances on the pitch. We are playing at a higher tempo and higher pace than before,” Dennerby said.

“Meanwhile, we are working on our attacking side as well as on some small technical details, which require attention at this moment. But we feel we are on the right track,” the Swede said in an AIFF release.

The Indian team will play against Imabari JFA Academy in their first friendly match on Monday at Soccerland, Catalunya, Spain.

Asked how much the team has improved in recent times, he said, “When we look at the girls now, we think we are at a higher level. And this is the biggest reason we wanted to come and camp in Spain to play international games.

“It will give us the answer if we are close enough and ready to beat tough opponents. My personal feeling is we are at the top level and after the games here we will analyse and see if I am right or wrong.”

He said he’s happy with the preparations so far ahead of the mega event .

“I am proud of the girls. They have been working very hard for more than six months now 10 to 12 sessions a week, including football, zoom and running sessions. I think we have reached a new level.

“I am happy to have the opportunity to play these matches. It will mostly be a 10-day camp in Spain and the focus is on the games now. Most of these girls are very young, they don’t have much experience in playing important games.

“It’s necessary to play against good opponents and it is crucial for us to have these games before the World Cup. Hopefully, it will boost the confidence of the girls.”

Read all the Latest NewsTrending NewsCricket NewsBollywood NewsIndia News and Entertainment News here. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Updated Date:

also read

FIFA World Cup: Robert Lewandowski coy on Poland future after tournament exit
Football

FIFA World Cup: Robert Lewandowski coy on Poland future after tournament exit

Lewandowski scored a late consolation from the penalty spot for a Poland side who were outclassed by the fearsome French attack in Doha

FIFA World Cup is my obsession, says Kylian Mbappe after firing France into quarter-finals
Football

FIFA World Cup is my obsession, says Kylian Mbappe after firing France into quarter-finals

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar now has five goals in just four games at the tournament and is already France's second-top scorer ever at the World Cup with nine goals in 11 appearances overall

Portugal vs Switzerland, FIFA World Cup 2022: When and Where to watch Portugal vs Switzerland live
Football

Portugal vs Switzerland, FIFA World Cup 2022: When and Where to watch Portugal vs Switzerland live

In the most recent meeting between Portugal and Switzerland, which took place in the UEFA Nations League group stages back in June, Switzerland reigned 1-0.