The national team is starting a new era with coach Igor Stimac as they play in the Thailandese competition.
The 2019 King’s Cup is set to start tomorrow in Buriram, Thailand.
The traditional Thailandese competition will feature Curacao from CONCACAF, and from Asia: India, the host Thailand, and Vietnam.
The hosts are set to play against the Vietnamese, while India will play against the Caribbean nation.
And this will be the first time coach Igor Stimac will manage his Indian squad.
“I can’t say what is different (between Croatia and India) because the last 11-12 days have just been about the hotel room and the pitch,” he told Goal.
“So, there are no conclusions yet.”
“I am excited about the work of our team and the AIFF is excited about the new approach we have taken,” he added.
“I hope that this long-term project will bring us success and bring India back as a force in Asian Football.”
“This is the first phase and the qualifier in September is what’s important,” he said.
“We have a fair time to think about Vietnam in the meantime.”
“Only in the last few days did we see a few games of our opponents Curacao,” he commented.
“I hope we do well and then we can analyze and find out the flaws in the players.”
“My players are hoping to play Thailand again (in the finals).”
“We have nothing against our opponents – the quicker we face the stronger teams, the better for us as we will know about how strengths and weaknesses and what we have done in the past weeks, he concluded.