When you are on the same flight as him, what else can one talk about if not football.
India suffered a humiliating defeat to United States of America in their first group match of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup as a penalty by captain Josh Sargent and later an impressive goal by Chris Durkin took the visitors home, completing a 3-0 win here. U.S. coach John Hackworth said India were one of the most hard-working teams he had ever seen. Where did they lose the plot? And, the hosts nearly opened their scoreline in the 83rd minute with Anwar Ali's kick bouncing off the goal post.
He was absolutely right. "We will play to win", Matos said.
The defender from Jalandhar in Punjab idolises Spain's Sergio Ramos and had his name on most lips analysing the match descending the staircase from various stands. "Every match we play is to win and if we win against Colombia we will be creating history", he said. In a tournament, there are so many things at stake.
It is the first time the cricket-crazy country of 1.2 billion is playing in a FIFA World Cup game at any level of football. Will this be helpful? We have a fast player like Aniket which is lucky for us. In the end, I'm sure it will be a great opening match for the tournament.
The hot weather in Kochi is expected to be testing for the players but Denia feels that they can not use it as an excuse when they take to the field. But I must say that the steps taken by the AIFF should be praised.
Against USA, the team showed sparks on occasions, but the Portuguese would want his players go beyond that.
The second half started with the Indian striker kicking off the ball.
Midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam insists the team would have to be more clinical while going forward and just defending through out the 90 minutes wont help them score points in the remaining two Group A encounters against Columbia and Ghana in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup.
Elsewhere in Group A, Ghana made a winning start to their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Colombia at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The first goal came from Josh Sargent in the 30th minute off penalty which some thought was a trifle harsh, though Jitender Siongh could have been a little more careful with the foul.
"It's the most hard group of the tournament and it's very important to win the first match". Instead of feeling the pressure they should use it to their advantage and look to get positive results. They are also technically sound.
Thatal, chased by defender and facing the converging U.S. 'keeper Justin Garces, tried to chip the ball over the custodian. Their No. 7 (Leandro Campaz) caught everyone's eyes.