Coach criticises national team for swaying from the plan
After a poor performance saw his side go down 2-1 to Nepal and still reach the semi-finals, Wim Koevermans was adamant the result could of been better had his players stuck to the plan.
Speaking to Goal India the Dutchman explained his tactics: “In first half we had an intention of dominating in midfield with an extra midfielder, but we could not do that in the first half.
“In second half they were dropping deep and we had to be careful. What we wanted to do was to cross from outside to into the box. Robin (Singh) was good but then we started kicking the ball from centre half. From the sidelines it’s more difficult.”
The last comment expresses Koeverman’s frustrations particularly well, and should the side have any ambitions of progressing further jnto the tournament, then Sunil Chhetri (who is suspended for the semi-final) and co will need a big increase in performance.
Koevermans is confident of victory in the semi-final, providing his players, do as asked: ” We can do much better. Sometimes it’s a thing we agree on meeting, but we don’t show it on the field, players have to play to the plan.”