Speaking ahead of the Intercontinental Cup, the controversial Indian National team coach, Stephen Constantine went on to state that each of the three teams in the Intercontinental tournament will bring different kinds of problems but assures that India is ready with all the tactics to counter them.
“We will use these games as a preparation for the Asian Cup. We are looking forward to the game against Chinese Taipei tomorrow. Kenya and New Zealand will be giving us different problems. Physically we are prepared and we need to get it right, tactically,” Constantine told the reporters at the press conference.
Kenya and New Zealand’s decision to field a weakened squad didn't really bother the English man: “That's something we don't control. Kenya, whoever they bring, will be difficult. I have remained in Africa for five to six years and I know the quality of football they play. As far as New Zealand is concerned, it does not matter whether the players are playing in League One or Championship."
"You have to look at the quality and how good they are. Therefore, I don't necessarily think that this is a problem. We are using these games to develop and improve for the Asian Cup. It is not about FIFA rankings and we will play to the best of our ability against whoever we come up against,” Constantine clarified.
Stephen Constantine's comment regarding the FIFA rankings
"The FIFA rankings are misleading to some extent, as there are teams who are above us and are not as good as us as well as, there are some teams who are below us but are better than us. It all depends on games and where you play them. I wish I had the ability to fix those but I don't. The importance given to the FIFA rankings is purely for the draw. If you are not in a certain place then you have to go and play qualifiers. If you are in a certain position then you directly qualify. This is the reason which I give importance to FIFA rankings because you need to be at a certain ranking to be considered for that," opined the Indian head coach.