Guam head coach Gary White has responded to India captain Sunil Chhetri’s criticism of his side just days prior to their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Bangalore.
Chhetri recently said that Guam “aren’t that good”, but White has hit back by reminding Chhetri that his side beat India 2-1 when they last met on June 16.
“With all due respect to India’s most successful football player, not only did we defeat India when we last met but we also won with style and domination,” White told reporters.
“Talk is cheap and it’s naive to battle with words. When the game is played on the pitch, you’ll see exactly, again, what my players are about during this game. We do not pick and choose when we want to give effort — this is a standard requirement to put on a Matao shirt.”
Guam had their first full training at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Sunday and White admitted that he was impressed with what he saw. But, he is now hoping that all their preparation will pay off during the match on Thursday.
“This is the sharpest I’ve seen the players on their first day in camp throughout the whole campaign,” White said. “The group now knows exactly what they need to do. They’ve prepared well at their respective clubs and I’m really excited about where we’re at, and where we’ll be come game time.”
Should Guam triumph over India, they could climb from fourth to second on the Group D standings.