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Need to always remain switched on against Nepal: Mondal

India Blooms News Service | | 27 Dec 2015, 12:00 am
Trivandrum, Dec 26 (IBNS) A brick in the solid wall of the Indian defence line, Central Defender Arnab Mondal touted India's clash against Nepal on Dec 27 at the Trivandrum International Stadium in Kerala as a "test of credentials for the Indian squad."

Speaking with journalists, Arnab explained the gravity of the fixture. “Nepal are a tough Team and we will have to be on our toes throughout the match if we are to get a positive result.”

“They (Nepal) are very hard to break down, their forwards are speedy and tricky to handle. We have to remain switched-on at all time.”

India have garnered only one win in the last three fixtures against Nepal and have drawn the other two. “Although it seems to be tougher fixture than Sri Lanka, we will play our game and will play for three points.”

“You don’t need motivation to play for India. It is already an honor to represent the Nation and when a Player plays in a particular match, he does not play to lose,” he added.

The Indian National Team, gearing for their clash against Nepal had a recovery session at the renowned Kovalam Beach in Kerala earlier in the morning. “The “change of environment helps the Players to relax,” Mondal opined.

“The change in environment has been beneficial for us as swimming helps a lot in recovery. All credit goes to the Coach for it.”

Reflecting on India’s 2-0 win against Sri Lanka in the opening fixture of the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2015, Arnab said: “The opening fixture of every Tournament is difficult and given that Sri Lanka played with men behind the ball, it became all the more difficult for us.”

It was two Robin Singh goals in the 51st and the 74th minute which led India to their first win of the Tournament. And Arnab wasn’t a miser to lavish praise on Robin.

“Robin (Singh) is a brilliant Striker and knows how to shield the ball. The best part stays that the Coach is working on getting able replacements in every position.”

Lauding Constantine’s approach to the ‘beautiful game’ that includes building a ‘Team for the future,’ which was evident as an 18 year old Lallianzuala became the youngest Player to make his debut for the Indian National Team, Arnab quipped: “Coach’s (Constantine) approach to the game is fascinating.”

“He is not only building a Team for the future, but giving young Players a chance to showcase their skills. As a Player, it can’t be more encouraging.”

Arnab also asked all not to go gaga on Lallianzuala. “As for Lallianzuala he is a hardworking Player and has the quality to become top-class. However, one should not expect immediate results from him as he is still learning. He needs time. I request all to be patient.”