India is not ready to settle for anything less than the full points as they play hosts Oman in Muscat in the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying match today (Tuesday).
Revenge is the last thing on the mind of the Indians, who have lost their home leg game to Muscat full points against Oman, skipper Sunil Chhetri said on Monday as they gear up to take on the hosts in a FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match at Muscat on Tuesday.
Oman had beaten India 2-1 in Guwahati in September but Chhetri dismissed talks about India gunning for revenge.
“We won’t think about revenge or anything closer to that, absolutely not. At the end of the day, the points matter. It’s not a derby as they are not our neighbors,” Chhetri said during a training session.
“These are the qualifiers and we have only one thing in our mind, to go out and give everything that we have and take the result. I mean the important point is to go and play well, especially in the away matches.”
Oman striker Al Mandhar has already scored four goals in four matches during the Qualifiers but Pritam Kotal felt everyone should be dealt with equally to come out with a favorable result.
“It’s not only Al Mandhar, other attackers like Al Alwai, Al Ghassani everyone can impose equal danger to a defense line. They are quick, they switch positions fast and can score from long. We have to be extra cautious of their long-range shots,” Kotal opined.
In the first leg, Chhetri scored India’s only goal which could have earned the Blue Tigers their first win against the Gulf Nation but Al Mandhar scored back-to-back goals to dent India’s dream.
The two countries have played eight matches against each other until now and Oman was on the winning side six times whereas the other two matches ended in a draw.
On being asked whether these stats will put India under pressure before they hit the ground, Adil Khan felt otherwise.
“Yes, numbers say that they (Oman) are favorites but it all will start from scratch. Their attackers can do anything on a given day and we have to be on our toes throughout,” Adil stressed.
Custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu picked that staying unbeaten on the road is the priority now and Oman is going to be a difficult opponent to play against.
“It’s always difficult playing away from home and we recognize the threats (from Oman) given their ability and strength. We have to make sure we deal with them well.”
The match is scheduled to start at 8 pm. Fans can catch all the action LIVE on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Bangla. The feed will also be streamed LIVE on Sony’s OTT platform SonyLIV.