SAFF Championships: We are to blame ourselves for not winning against Bangladesh: Igor Stimac | XtraTime

Xtra Time Web Desk: Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac admitted his team was guilty of not winning the match against Bangladesh. India lost the lead to a 10-man Bangladesh when their first match in the 2021 SAFF Championship ended in 1-1.

Speaking of India’s first game, he said: “We had everything under control, we dominated the game and had a one-nil lead and even a one-man advantage. But despite all that, for unknown reasons we started giving away simple passes, making unnecessary mistakes. And if you boost your opponent’s confidence, it’s over if you give them a chance.”

Referring to the match against Bangladesh, Stimac added: “We were punished today because we were not reasonable in certain situations and because we did not use our experience. This is an experienced Indian team. I expected a lot more because there was too much unnecessary nervousness, which is hard to explain.”

India then plays against Sri Lanka on October 7. Speaking of the remaining matches, Stimac said: “We are now looking forward to the next match. We still have three games in the group stage where we have to play well. The boys played very good football for over 75 minutes – progressive football, playing around reasonably well and getting into dangerous positions.”

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