Indian girls’s workforce defender Dalima Chhibber has warned her team-mates to be prepared for a fast-paced soccer from their South American opponents, together with Brazil, in the course of the four-nation event starting right here on Friday.
The Delhi participant has a primary hand data of the fashion of soccer within the Americas as she performed for Canadian facet Manitoba Bisons from 2019 until latest previous.
“I’ve had the experience of sharing the field with players from South America when I had played in Canada. I can tell you that players from this part of the world are extremely skillful, and the teams tend to play at a very fast pace,” Chhibber stated.
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“They have a lot of experienced players as well, but we will be going ahead to put our best foot forward. We are preparing for something big – if we do well in the Asian Cup, we can qualify for the World Cup as well. So the focus remains on that.”
India play former World Cup runners-up Brazil on Friday earlier than taking over Chile (November 29) and Venezuela (December 2). Marta, thought-about because the world’s biggest lady footballer, has been named within the Brazil squad.
Midfielder Indumathi Kathiresan stated these matches towards sturdy opposition may function a launchpad for the AFC Asian Cup, which will likely be held in India subsequent 12 months.
“Brazil are, of course, a very big side. They have so much experience of playing tough opposition, and I’m sure they are going to play at a high level,” Indumathi stated in a launch from the All India Football Federation.
“It will be a good to carry this experience into the Asian Cup, and we will use this experience to push forward together.”
The Indian girls’s workforce has already performed in six completely different international locations this 12 months — in Turkey, Serbia, Uzbekistan, UAE, Bahrain, and Sweden.
With Brazil set to be the seventh nation the workforce has toured, goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan weighed in concerning the significance of taking part in such matches to organize for large tournaments.
“I think these international matches are very helpful to the team. Not only to be able to play alongside each other but also to understand each other,” Aditi stated.
“In the past as well we have gained a lot of experience, and we are looking forward to the same in the upcoming ones in Brazil.”