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Football: India can succeed in China, says Cahill

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Tim Cahill, like everyone else, knows the Indian team will have a mountain to climb in But unlike many who are dismissing the visitors' chances, the ace Australian striker believes can secure a positive result when the two teams meet in an international friendly on Saturday.

The Australian striker, who joined in the this season, has first-hand experience of China's footballing scenario.

The former Everton striker plied his trade in for two years with two different teams - Zhejiang Greentown and Shanghai Shenhua - and scored 15 goals during his time there.

"I am not going to compare the levels of the leagues because I have only been in for a short time. I know that have a big task ahead but they are definitely capable of getting a result if they are disciplined and are set up well," said Australia's star striker who has played four World Cups.

is the most in India at the moment, but he has spent two seasons in China, where he proved himself too.

India have played 17 times.

feels the international friendly against China is a good opportunity for India, and if India has to get a result out of this match, they will have to be more disciplined.

"These are exciting times ahead for India and it's fantastic, especially having to go to China and experience the atmosphere and the level of play. For me, playing in China was fantastic. Getting to understand the local players and also the style of and playing against China numerous times in competitions. China are a strong team," said

Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of India's opponents, Cahill said, "(They are) defensively very good and are set up well. One of the biggest problems they have is of scoring goals, creating chances, defending and their build-up play is very good. Their players are technically gifted and are very disciplined.

"They have a good thought process for and they love the game. It is definitely going to be a difficult game for India because they are very physical and are very quick with the way they move the ball. It will be a tough encounter," he said.

However, Cahill feels India can get a positive result against China if they put in a disciplined display.

"I know that India have a big task ahead, but they are definitely capable of getting a result if they are disciplined and are set up well."

Cahill made his ISL debut for against Bengaluru FC. His club duties will resume after the ongoing international break when take on ATK on October 21.



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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 23:18 IST