New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) The India U-17 women’s national team is set to face its Romanian counterpart in a set of two friendly games in Turkler, Turkey — with the first match on Sunday. Ahead of the challenge, India head coach Thomas Dennerby stated that he expects a “physical battle” against Romania.
“Romania have a good passing game and have players with good technical skills. They are a physical team and have players who like to tackle a lot. They like to have tougher games in terms of physicality and it is good for us to get used to that type of opposition,” he told www.the-aiff.com.
Dennerby, who has the experience of leading Sweden and Nigeria at the Women’s World Cup behind him, added that his side will have the upper hand when it comes to speed. “One advantage for us is in terms of pace and movement as we have quicker players. I expect a physical game and I want us to come out with a victory against Romania,” he stated.
The Indian team arrived in Turkey on February 11 to prepare for the matches. Talking about the preparation, Dennerby said that he is happy with what he has seen so far and that the focus is on solidifying the back-line.
“Training has been good in general. We have worked a bit more on the defensive organization than we used to do. We think it’s a good time to work with things such as structure and movement in order to have a really good defence. We feel comfortable with what we have seen so far and players are adapting and understanding what we want them to do,” he said.