The head coach of the India U19 football team Lee Johnson is happy with the recent success that the team has had. Lee Johnson, in the past has been associated with the Chelsea youth academy, that has produced numerous talents for world football over the years. In his stint as India’s U-19 coach, he hopes to discover more talents to help India gain a better position in world football in the coming years.
“The Indian Players are some of the best players I have worked with so far in terms of their discipline, work-rate and attitude — both on and off the pitch,” those are some strong words describing the Indian team from a renowned coach. Johnson also adds, “There is still some work that needs to be done on the tactical end.”
Good skills on the ball and technical soundness will certainly help the team come a long way. Tournaments like the SAFF and the Asian Champions Trophy provide the necessary experience to help aid the development of these players, and also provide some much needed exposure that the Indian team has lacked over the years.
India U19 lose AFC Qualifiers
AFC U-19 Qualifiers being held in Palestine has been one good learning opportunity for the Indian boys. The team lost all three matches and as a result were eliminated from the competition. However, there are some positives to take back, according to Lee Johnson.
“Playing against physically and technically superior opponents, the Indian squad has showed their hard-working attitude in both the matches,” Johnson continued. “However, we are in a learning process and need to give the squad time, whilst exposing them to a competitive environment with high quality matches.”