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Six reasons why Stephen Constantine deserves a contract extension as India's coach

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04 Sep 2016, 19:15 IST
Sunil Chhetri
Stephen Constantine ith Sunil Chhetri

#2 The right team setup and attitude

Constantine has brought a constant feel of ‘better’ and ‘winning’ football in the team, by attractive and non-attractive ways equally. In the first few days as the manager of India during his the second stint, Constantine hadn’t got much scouting time and thus, the team played to its strength of hard-line defense and running wingers to supply burly-built strikers to score goals in a counter-attacking dimension.

People might question about Sunil Chhetri’s participation in this game-play, but you can’t keep your best player away from the pitch, can you? Sunil pitched in every match, played his hearts out, scored and assisted and has been the shining armor in Indian attack for about the last 4 years now.

India was known to be a South Asian competitor, who usually gave their best and fought valiantly against better-ranked teams, but usually lost. Constantine has managed to change that, and in an effective way. Stephen has transformed the team which defeated better-ranked sides Afghanistan and Guam and won the SAFF Championship in January 2016. The current setup and the changes brought in by the AIFF would surely ensure better performances by the Blue Tigers, and more effective coaching by the National Team Manager.

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