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We can't take India lightly, says China's Italian coach Lippi

Press Trust of India  |  Suzhou (China) 

Former World Cup-winning acknowledged India's rapid rise in the recent rankings and said cannot afford to take the visitors lightly in the historic friendly to be played at the iconic Olympic Stadium here on Saturday.

"Indian has witnessed a rapid development in recent years and we cannot ignore their effort and strength. As a result, we, of course, need to give great importance to them for tomorrow's match", said China's Lippi.

The 70-year-old Italian, who is the only in the history to win the UEFA Champions League, AFC and World Cup, has taken the charge of the Red Dragons in 2016.

Though has not been able to win the last two ties against and Bahrain, they are still a force to reckon with and Indian coach warned that they "won't get fooled by the recent results."

Asked whether he' will focus on any particular department of the Indian team, the Italian coach said that they need to fight "as a team."

"We have to confront them as a team. I can't separate whether we need to put extra focus on any particular department of the Indian team," he said.

"Instead of keeping an extra eye on opponent key players, I would rather focus more on my own team's strengths.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 22:40 IST