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FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: Thomas Dennerby plans to go strong, AIMS quarter-finals in place at U17 World Cup – Check out

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FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: Head coach Thomas Dennerby has full faith that the Indian team will give stronger nations like Brazil…

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: Head coach Thomas Dennerby is confident that the Indian team will give stronger nations like Brazil and USA a run for their money with the aim of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup starting on Tuesday. Follow FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup updates with InsideSport.IN

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FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: Thomas Dennerby plans to go strong, AIMS quarter-finals in place at U17 World Cup – Check out

India begin their campaign against the mighty USA on October 11, followed by Morocco and Brazil on October 14 and 17 respectively at the Kalinga Stadium here.

“Obviously we’re up against the absolute top teams, but if we have a really good day and the teams have a little bit of a weaker outing, there’s always a chance that team will come out as underdogs to win that game.” the 63-year-old told reporters in a virtual interaction ahead of the big meeting.

“If we can score an early goal against one of these teams, they can get a little nervous, get stressed and so on. There’s always a chance and if we get a chance we take it.”

The top two teams from each group will make the cut for the quarters, and if their respective senior FIFA rankings are any indication, the United States is world No. 1. Brazil is in the top-10, while Morocco (76) is the only nation below 58-ranked India in the senior women’s rankings.

“Obviously we want to be in the quarter, no doubt about it, and we’re going to play with all our hearts. The way to do that is just to focus on our performances.”

“For me, it’s not so much about results. We have to stick to our plan, stay calm whatever the result(s). We will fight to take points from each and every opponent.

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: Thomas Dennerby plans to go strong, AIMS quarter-finals in place at U17 World Cup – Check out

“But first of all we focus on our performances and hopefully good performances will also lead to points,” said the Swede, who took charge of the Blue Tigress in November 2019 with a focus on the U-17 WWC.

He is counting on the home support at the Kalinga Stadium here, saying: “We want the supporters on our side. Hopefully a good number of spectators in the stands will help the team to really fight and fill that gap.”

“But on the whole, I want to look at performances that we can perform at the top level. Whether our top level is enough to beat the USA or Brazil is too early to say.”

“Most importantly, it’s about showing everyone who looks at us with high expectations that we also have a really good team with a lot of young players who can perform at the highest level in the age group.”

In his assessment of the side, Dennerby said the team has a solid organizational display with a strong defensive unit in Astam Oraon, Kajal, Naketa, Purnima Kumari, Varshika and Shilky Devi Hemam.

In Nitu Linda they have a deceptive midfielder who has a knack for finding good spaces and Dennerby said it is a team with a strong defense with quick attacks.

“I hope you will see India with a really strong defense and well-organized team, which is difficult to score on.

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: Thomas Dennerby plans to go strong, AIMS quarter-finals in place at U17 World Cup – Check out

“Our style will have a little bit of quick attacks and counter-attacks. We have a lot of speed up front and on the wings, so we have to use our best strengths.”

About Nitu he said: “She has super quality in deception and is always very active, fighting for her team, ready to move.

“She also has a quality to find good spaces to receive balls to play decisive final passes. She is really good.”

They are fresh from their Spain tour where they suffered a 1-3 defeat against Sweden in the first match of the exposure tour and bounced back with a 17-1 win over WSS Barcelona Club.

“We are ready and excited. We performed very well against Sweden, it was a very even game. We have two shots on the crossbar and made small mistakes against a quality team like Sweden.”

“The last game against the academy team from Barcelona was not up to the mark as with their fitness level they couldn’t handle the pace of the game,” he signed off.

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: Thomas Dennerby plans to go strong, AIMS quarter-finals in place at U17 World Cup – Check out

Follow FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup updates with InsideSport.IN

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