Lalrindika Ralte: Oman Will Take Something Extra

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Rising star ready for the challenge

The 21-year-old already has 10 senior caps to his name and has been included in the squad for next week’s game against Tajikistan.

Speaking to Kick Off India, the midfielder said: “In such a match, your hundred percent may not yield a favourable result and you always need to pump into something extra. You have a look at our families and you’ll see we don’t get to be with them more than 10-15 days in a year. So we ought to make this sacrifice count. 

The team spirit makes this an unique bunch. I need to mention Arthur Papas ( the U22 Coach) has played a major hand in this. He has made all of us aware of our responsibilities both on and off the field.”

Ralte further praises the Australians coaching methods, explaining how through the 33-year-old is : “There are some basic things which sometimes we prefer to overlook. Water intake has to be high, especially as you are playing in the heat; you need to have proper rest and sleep well.

“You also need to stick to a diet. Desserts stay a taboo for us. You ought to stay and move as a team – it’s all about discipline.”

India currently sit fourth out of six teams in the group 3 points behind Oman.

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