Asian Cup draw better this time, says Gurpreet

Asian Cup draw better this time, says Gurpreet

Asian Cup draw better this time, says Gurpreet

The next Asian Cup is the first to feature 24 teams.

The draw can be a tricky affair, and that is why the likes of Chhetri, Phil Younghusband (Philippines), former Manchester City and China star Sun Jihai, former Iran star Ali Daei had to practice dummy draws, before the actual event. I would say everything would depend on our own team. We were really happy to be at the Asian Cup.

The Azkals, ranked an all-time high of 113th in the world and 19th in Asia in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, are in Group C of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup along with powerhouses Korea (61st overall, fourth in Asia) and China (73rd overall, sixth in Asia) and fellow newcomer Kyrgyz Republic (75th overall, seventh in Asia).

The AFC President added: "I have no doubt that the UAE, one of the Continent's most dynamic and visionary countries, will be the flawless stage for this historic tournament". We all know in our qualification play-off game against Syria how hard that was to get through. Once we got Australia, Syria and Turkmenistan. Chhetri said that the difference between the two teams is that the 2011 squad was a settled side and this time, they have a young and dynamic side. The last time India qualified for the Asian Cup was in 2011, when Chhetri was a youngster and this time around, he is the one who has to guide the team. The impressive run had contributed to India returning to top 100 in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings after a long time. "Qualifying to the Asian Cup for the second time in eight years is great for Indian football", he added. "We know we will have to beat the best to get to the top and that's what we will do". It's the pedigree that he comes with.

Those who favour a larger competition point out that taking on better opponents is the only way that weaker nations will improve, while cash strapped developing soccer states can also only benefit from the financial rewards that qualification may bring. "It's about how prepared he is, his ideology, and how he tries to inculcate it in the game", he said. Two kids are going to official ball carriers in the World Cup, one of the matches will be Brazil vs Costa Rica and the other Panama vs Belgium.

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