Boys proved they belonged on same pitch as elite opponents: Pinto
New Delhi, Sep 10 (PTI) Proud of his players for competing well against a superior French team, India's U-19 football head coach Floyd Pinto said his boys proved that they belonged on the same pitch as their elite opponents.
"I am happy with the team's performance in the tournament," Floyd said.
"The boys stood firm and restricted a far superior opponent for most of the match. Considering some of the French players are playing in French Ligue 1, our boys did a brilliant job. They proved that they belonged on the same pitch as their elite opponents," he added.
A goal in each of the two halves helped France eke out a 2-0 victory.
"In such matches, it is imperative that we defend well. The two goals we conceded came from minor errors. We need to work on that aspect," he quipped.
"All three games were against high quality opponents, preparing for the Euro U-19 2019 qualifiers. I am extremely proud of my boys. Looking back, we were unable to take our chances, especially those against Slovenia. The only blip was the first half against Croatia where we conceded a lot of goals," Floyd said.
The team will now depart for the Serbian shores where the colts will clash against the hosts in back-to-back International friendlies on September 13 and 17.
"Serbia will be another challenge and we are hopeful about carving out a win. Those matches will further help us in our preparation for the season ahead," Floyd said.
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