Next stand UAE and a veteran of India’s 2011 Asian Cup squad, Renedy Singh believes things will get only tougher from hereon as the hosts look to come hard after only a 1-1 draw with Bahrain.
“Bahrain was the better team against UAE. They managed to draw with a controversial penalty but Bahrain was the better team. Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia are the giants but it is nice to see how the developing nations are punching above their weight. The gap is becoming less,” he told Goal.
The player-turned-television pundit was impressed with the way Stephen Constantine’s men conducted themselves in the second half against Thailand, going to win 4-1 after being 1-1 at the break. He said, “India should look at the positives from the second half against Thailand and try to carry them against UAE. After Sunil’s goal, the team looked more confident. They started believing in themselves. Like everything started going right from that moment.
“In the first half we couldn’t do much other than the penalty but it was a completely different match. The defenders were holding on to the ball a little bit more and it helped. Udanta (Singh) and Ashique (Kuruniyan) were brilliant in the second half. Even the central midfielder (Pronay Halder) took his game a notch higher.”