India take on Qatar in their second FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier. (Photo Credit: AIFF)
The first roadblock that India face against Oman is that they are missing their talismanic forward Chhetri. India’s sole goalscorer against Oman has been suffering from high fever for the past three days, team India coach Igor Stimac revealed. Chhetri also did not taken part in any practice sessions in the run-up to the mammoth fixture.
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Head coach Igor Stimac, who prefers possession-based football by building from the back, sought to dwell on the positives from the Oman match and said that his side has nothing to fear against Qatar. “Qatar are the strongest team in the group and playing them will not be easy. However, it’s a great opportunity to learn from. We have to change 4-5 players. There is no reason to fear and we shall look to score goals and play good football,” Stimac said.
While India are adapting to new style of play that Stimac is teaching them, Qatar have taken huge strides in the last few years.They won the Asian Cup in the UAE earlier this year and they gave good competition to the top South American sides in the recent Copa America where they took part on invitation. They have not lost a single game to an Asian side this year and also stretched the likes of Argentina and Brazil.