Myanmar are favourites, says Stephen Constantine
Indian football team head coach Stephen Constantine on Sunday said that Myanmar would start as favourites against his side in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers match on Tuesday.
Constantine said the Myanmar side have been together for some time and the support from crowd will give them the advantage. Moreover, Myanmar had beaten India 1-0 when the two teams met last. "Myanmar are definitely the favourites. Playing at home is always an advantage for any team. They have been together for some time and the familiarity with each other is so much beneficial when you take the field. They certainly have the advantage," Constantine said. Asked what was Myanmar's biggest strength, he said, "They work very hard and love to press. When you combine these with the ability they have and add the crowd and atmosphere to it, the combination is just deadly."
Asked about the perception of Myanmar being the bogey team for India, he said, "History will show that the same players are not always playing. The situations are always different and both teams would be playing after a long gap. I feel the circumstances are always different."