India head coach Igor Stimac said that the SAFF Championship win was proof of what the team can achieve when given time and space to work.
“This was good, we created memories and we proved once again to everyone [that] when we are given time to work together, to create an environment which can produce results for Indian football, then we are successful as a team and you can enjoy the game we play,” the Croat said, after the triumph over Kuwait in the final.
“Otherwise, neither my players or the staff are taking responsibility for the results in the future if we are not given time to work together.”
The 55-year-old said that the victory, though important, will not have much of a bearing on the preparations for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup to be played early next year.
“Asian Cup is far away. The most important time for the National team of India to prepare well for the Asian Cup is December. We are looking to get minimum four weeks preparation. The rest doesn’t matter.”
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