Foot­ball: Whites can dine at Asian Cup’s top ta­ble with one more vic­tory over Thai­land

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Bahrain head coach Miroslav Soukup has called on his play­ers to flex their mus­cles against In­dia in their Asian Cup 2019 Group A clash at Shar­jah Sta­dium.

Bahrain lie bot­tom of Group A, fol­low­ing their 1-1 draw with the UAE in their opener and 1-0 de­feat to Thai­land on Match­day 2.

The Al Ah­mar will need to win their fi­nal game against Stephen Con­stan­tine’s side if they are to har­bour any hope of pro­gress­ing into the knock­out phase and Soukup wants his play­ers to shine against In­dia.

“We must win the next game against In­dia. We have con­ceded two goals after the match against Thai­land. I hope ev­ery­one plays bet­ter than the way we did against Thai­land,” said Soukup.

“In­dia have it much eas­ier than us. It’s OK if they lose 1-0 to­mor­row, they al­ready have three points but I re­ally hope after to­mor­row’s game we qual­ify into the next round.

“We must al­ways trust our play­ers. Our de­fend­ers and strik­ers are re­ally good.”

Bahrain’s only goal in the com­pe­ti­tion came in the 1-1 draw against the UAE and Soukup has promised a bet­ter show­ing against the Blue Tigers.

“The game is won on the field and you’re ei­ther a lion or a chicken.

“If you choose to be the chicken and you al­low your op­po­nents to be­come the lion… they will eat you up. We must be li­ons on the field to­mor­row.”

With the top three teams – the UAE, In­dia and Thai­land still in con­tention to make it to the round of 16, In­dia’s Con­stan­tine is not tak­ing Bahrain lightly.

“It will be a dif­fi­cult game to­mor­row. Bahrain will be out to win for a chance to qual­ify and we ex­pect a tough game. But we’ve played well in the last two games and the boys are mo­ti­vated and they look for­ward it,” said Con­stan­tine.

“Bahrain are a good team, they are very well or­gan­ised, they’ve got some qual­ity play­ers and they will need to win this match so they will try to at­tack us, but we will be pre­pared for that.”

Points up for grabs: Con­stan­tine.

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