The Blue Tigers were beaten 3-0 by Tajikistan.
Wim Koevermans reiterated the importance for India to play international friendlies after the 3-0 friendly defeat to Tajikistan on Wednesday.
In their first match in over five months the Blue Tigers struggle to match their opponents and were easily beaten by The Crown at the 20 Years of Independence Stadium, but Koevermans believes it is crucial for his side to play regularly after five months without a game.
The 53-year-old former Holland international refused to dwell on the negatives in his post-match press conference, instead opting to look at how the challenge of facing a superior side could aid his players in their preparations for the SAFF Championships in Nepal.
“We did our best but Tajikistan were a much superior side. We have learnt a lot from this match. Tajikistan had a much higher tempo,” He said to the AIFF website.
“I reiterate it’s important to play International Friendlies. We need to develop.
“Tajikistan were quick and fast,” he added. “They made it difficult for our boys. Tajikistan, we knew from the FIFA Rankings were of much higher level.
“We had our Players for 5 days as it’s the pre-season and they haven’t played for long. We move to the Preparatory Camp in Bangalore for the SAFF Championship.”
The tournament kicks off on August 31 with India pooled in Group A alongside host nation Nepal, arch-rivals Pakistan and Bangladesh.