Head Coach Thomas Dennerby outlined the significance of placing in “three good performances”, mentioning “the opportunity will allow us to evaluate ourselves.”
“This tour and everything we have been doing in the past two months is about the preparation for the AFC Women’s Cup which kicks off in January. It is all about finding out whether we are doing the right things on the pitch and evaluating our performances in each and every department,” Dennerby acknowledged earlier than the team’s departure.
“We are going to play three good quality games now, the first game against Brazil will be important. The second game is against Chile and the third will be against Venezuela, both are good teams but not at the level of Brazil. The most important thing is to come home with three good performances and nothing else,” he added.
This is the primary time that any senior Indian Football Team will play in opposition to Brazil, and there’s a lot of pleasure within the camp. However, captain Ashalata Devi maintained concentrate on the aims forward.
“There is a lot of excitement in the camp because Brazil are a very good football team, and we follow a lot of the Brazilian players ourselves. We are happy to play against the Brazilians. We admire them and there is a lot to learn from them as well. It is a big motivation for all of us,” she maintained.
“But we also have our own objectives to reach on the pitch, and we will try to reach them as best as we can. I always tell the girls to respect every opponent no matter their ranking, but never to fear any of them,” she expressed.
This would be the sixth nation the Indian girls’s team will likely be visiting this 12 months.
The team had been tenting in Jamshedpur with infrastructural and logistical support from the Government of Jharkhand over the past 4 months.