India look to outclass Macau in AFC Asian Cup qualifiers
Macau: On an 10-match unbeaten run, the Indian football team will look to outclassing Macau in the away fixture of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the Macau Olympic Stadium here on Tuesday.
The 97th placed India have recorded a cent per cent win in the qualifiers, defeating lower ranked teams Kyrgyz Republic (128) and Myanmar (157) earlier by solitary goal margins in both the matches to stay on top of Group A with six points.
The away side will be bolstered with the inclusion of captain Sunil Chettri, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and winger Udanta Singh in the squad after they missed out in India's tri-nation series victory due to their AFC Cup tie clashing at the same time.
India coach Stephen Constantine will look to use the skills of the young Under-23 players Salam Ranjan Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Nikhil Poojary, Germanpreet Singh and Anirudh Thapa who have been included in the squad to advantage.
However, Constantine looked cautious on facing Macau and said: "It's true that we are at the top of the table at the moment but we need to work harder if we are to stay there."
Captain Chhetri showed confidence in the abilities of his team and said: "We are a confident group. We are confident of our abilities. But we are not judging Macau by what happened to them in their last two matches. It's a fresh match, and we start afresh."
On the other side, Macau will look to register their maiden victory at home in the qualifying stage after registering a 0-1 loss against Kyrgyz Republic and seeing an emphatic 0-4 defeat against Myanmar.