Suresh Singh: We need to rectify mistakes

As India braces itself to face Colombia, the U-17 side aims to move on from the disappointing show it put up in the first match against the USA.

"Our final pass was not up to the mark against the USA. I believe, we can make it better. We have to focus on that," opines Suresh.   -  AP

As India braces itself to face Colombia, the U-17 side aims to move on from the disappointing show it put up in the first match against the USA.

"We are all set for the Colombia game and we'll give our everything. We won't disappoint you, we won't disappoint India,” said determined midfielder Suresh Singh, at a media interaction at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

“We need to rectify our mistakes and move on,” he maintained. "Winning and losing are part and parcel of the game. We are all set for the next game and we're rearing to give it a shot.”

Recollecting the atmosphere in the first match, Suresh said they were 'not nervous but excited' before stepping onto the pitch. "Representing the nation in front of a 55,000 strong crowd is something which you can't explain in words; it's electrifying. It's already history and thankfully, we are part of it.”

Meanwhile, the sturdy midfielder felt that there is room for improvement in the offensive areas. "Our final pass was not up to the mark against the USA. I believe, we can make it better. We have to focus on that."

Moreover, he stated that Colombia’s high pace can be blunted if the team stays at the right place at the right moment. "I believe, their speed can be cancelled out if we focus more on our positioning. If we stay well organised, we can contain with them,” Suresh explained.

"They are a very physical side. We played them in Mexico and expect a physically taxing game. They've to win also against us to stay alive in the World Cup. It won't be anything less than a tough 90 minutes for us,” Suresh stated.

“A small mistake can cost a lot at the world level and it's the biggest lesson for us. We have learnt many a thing from our first match. A tournament like this is enormous. At one moment we hit the bar and some ten second later, we concede off the same counter. It’s such a huge lesson learnt.”