Midfielder Sohrana was excluded from the game against India after being injured in the last game…
On Monday, before the crucial 2022 World Cup qualifier against India at the Jasim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Bangladeshi coach Jamie Day painted a cautiously optimistic picture.
Although the Bengals were at the bottom of Group E, they boosted morale in their 1-1 draw with Afghanistan on Thursday. They also managed to draw 1-1 with India in the 2019 reverse game.
This is Bangladesh’s only two points so far, while India has scored three draws in six games. The Indian team entered the game after losing 1-0 to Qatar and they were reduced to 10 players for most of the game.
“A draw with a very good team (Afghanistan) is an amazing achievement. We hope to bring this confidence to the Indian game. We know it will be an extremely difficult game again. We ask the boys to repeat this. A little performance and reaching their highest level, we know we need to do this for India,” Day added.
Dai knows that his team is not the favorite of the Indian team, they are ranked 79th higher than them.
“The quality of India is much better. They only lost the game 1-0 last night, which proved it. [to Qatar]. This is the easiest way I can say,” he was quoted as Daily Star.
“There will always be one or two games, and the other team may cause an upset, but it is not consistent. They have better technical players than us,” Dai added, referring to the two teams playing in Kolkata in 2019. 1-1 draw.
Dai went on to add that Bangladesh will seek to play defensively and strive for results.
“I personally think that we cannot attack better teams and players from the beginning, although another coach may have a different approach. I think 90 minutes of the game is better than the end of the game at 45 minutes, because we are two or three goals behind. ,”He says.
However, Day will not be able to get the services of Sohel Rana, a key midfielder with a broken hand.
“We are disappointed to lose Sohel Rana due to an arm injury in the next two games. He has always been a good player for us and a key player in the national team. But this gave others the opportunity to intervene and play for him. Performance and show that they have the ability to compete at the international level.”
At the same time, Bangladesh’s striker against Afghanistan, Tapbaman, is paying attention to his dissatisfaction with India.
“The Indian game is very important to us because we need to get points from this game to directly participate in the Asian Cup qualifiers. This fact is in everyone’s mind, our confidence has been improved after the Afghanistan game,” the central defender tell Daily Star.