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Recent success of Men's Football has come through hard work and methodical planning: coach Shanmugam Venkatesh

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Shanmugam Venkatesh, the senior Men's on Wednesday said that the recent success for the team has come through its hard work and methodical planning.

The Indian has boomed over the past few years enabling the team to climb over 70 places in the World rankings.

"Our team has improved a lot. But all of that that has only come through hard work, and methodical planning," Football Federation (AIFF) quoted as saying.

is highly regarded in the dressing room both as a but the said that it is unfair to compare players from different generations.

"It is unfair to compare the quality of players from different generations. I believe that quality is always there, and will always be there. But what makes the difference is how you groom the quality and help the maximise his performance on match days," said.

"At the end of the day, you still have 23 of the best players from your country in the squad. It does not matter which era we are playing in. Rather, what is more, important is how we, as the support staff, are preparing them for the matches," he added.

Venkatesh started his international career in in against which the team lost 0-1. However, the believes that did not use to fare well in the international fixtures at that time due to the lack of exposure.

"You look at the current side, and you can clearly see that they go into an International match with the mentality that they are no less than their opponents, back during our playing days we would merely have a camp before any big tournament, and once we were on the pitch, we would be unsure of what to expect," Venkatesh said.

India has played quality sides like China, Jordan, in friendly matches and Venkatesh believes that playing teams like these have helped the side to gain more competitive spirit.

"Playing sides like China, Jordan, Oman, Puerto Rico, St Kitts & Nevis, New Zealand, readied the players to face top International matches, a fact that helped them put up a competitive front at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, earlier this year," Venkatesh said.

Venkatesh also said that the media has played a pivotal role in providing the Indian Football team with much-needed exposure.

"Everything you do on and off the pitch is under scrutiny these days. Earlier, if the team was playing abroad, nobody in the country would even know about it," he continued. "But now, all the attention is on the national team, which is a good thing. The players know that the whole country is watching them and that in itself is a great motivating factor," he said.

released their latest rankings earlier this month and the Indian team was able to climb up two places to reach the 101st position.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 16:43 IST
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