The SAFF Cup has already started on the 1st of October, 2021 and India will be facing their neighbors Bangladesh in their first match on the 4th at the Maldives National Stadium. The two teams last met in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers where India won by 2-0, with their skipper Sunil Chettri netting the ball home twice.
In the SAFF Championship, the two teams have met 9 times before this encounter, with India winning 5 times and the scores remaining the same in the other 4 matches.
Head Coach Igor Stimac maintained at the official pre-match press conference that "the first game is always the most difficult game".
"Bangladesh are a known opponent, but we respect them immensely. In fact, we respect each and every team playing out here, and they have an equal chance to win the tournament," the coach said.
Team captain Sunil Chhetri stressed that the "message from our coaching staff and Head Coach is very clear."
"It is more and much more about how we play. We got to make sure that we minimize our mistakes, and we have to make sure that in every game no matter what, we give 100 percent. We cannot be complacent," Sunil warned.
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