Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia has expressed his thoughts on India's game against Ghana in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup tonight and has stated that the hosts must win the midfield battle if they are to win the game.
Despite performing well the hosts have lost both their games, against USA and Colombia, and go into the Ghana tie with victory a must. Anything other than three points would see Luis Norton de Matos' side eliminated from the tournament.
Bhutia, who scored 40 goals for the national team, believes that Ghana will be an attacking force and will give a real test to the Indian defence.
As reported by Goal, he wrote in a column,
“Ghana are a very physical side and blessed with sublime skills of some individual players. India will have to defend like they have been doing as Ghana are a side which loves to attack right from the kick-off. But it's important not to get into the defensive shell. In International Football it's pertinent to strike the right balance, like we did against Colombia."
The former captain also reserved praise for Boris Singh who impressed against Colombia after missing the USA tie due to a suspension.
“Boris Singh coming back to the start XI was a big plus for India. He is fearless and as always, initiated a lot of moves in the last match. His understanding with Ninthoi has been superb. It all boils down to the four years spent at the AIFF Academy and Boris had a hand in all of India's chances in the first-half."
“Personally, even as India have been compact at the back, I would like them to be closing down in the midfield much more. The rival midfielders have managed to maneuver in a bit of space and if you do that, you invite trouble."
India take on Ghana tonight in New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and will be looking to put in an impressive performance and qualify for the next round.