Possible lineups that could see India win 1st FIFA U17 World Cup game vs Colombia
India's U17 Football Team will play against South American powerhouse Colombia in a crucial group stage match. Since India have lost the first game, the match could decide the fate of India U17's World Cup venture.
In the first game, the Indian side were bashed by the strong and robust USA U17s. The USA players dominated the game from the start and their performance outdid that of the Indians.
That first game showed up a few weaknesses of the Indian squad. The fragile defense, the lack of bite in midfield, etc were all found out against the USA. However, the game against the USA also saw Indian side providing their toil tear for the cause of the nation.
That said, the trouncing handed by the USA will help the Indian coach to retool his tactics, the squad and to swap the positions. With Luís Norton de Matos himself confirming that India may deviate from their current formation to stitch the team together, removing the glitches, and to make the XI compatible to stand up to any proven side.
Here are a few probable ways India could line-up against the Colombians.
De Matos may deploy the squad in a stable 5-3-2 formation. Although the least preferred formation for India, the 5-3-2 could help India function better in defence and is compatible to create fast attacks, considering the players at the flanks.
In this formation, De Matos may employ the services of Anwar Ali and Jitendra Singh to partner Namit Deshpande at the heart of the defence.
In wide defence, KP Rahul will be deployed as the right wing-back while Sanjeev Stalin will be the left wing back. In midfield, Amarjit Singh Kiyam will act as the linchpin for India while Komal Thatal and Suresh will provide him with adequate support. Despite commanding the midfield, Amarjit will have the role to come back and support the defence, while Komal Thatal will be in charge of building rapid moves for the attackers to exploit.
Aniket Jadav and Naorem will feature as the attackers in this formation. Since Aniket was unable to make his desired impact against the USA and the absence of a poacher was felt, the duo of Aniket and Naorem could mould the attack for India, and they will be in charge to pierce the Colombian defence.