The support that we are getting from the Indian industry is truly heartening.
However, in the span of 4 years, India is Federation Internationale de Football Association ready, having spent almost Rs 90 crore in refurbishing the playing areas to match Federation Internationale de Football Association standards.
Norton reiterated the need for the whole country to back the team. We have worked hard. From European exposure tours to training camps in Goa and Bengaluru, the boys seem to have left no stone unturned in their bid to create a name for themselves.
No Indian football team has ever played on such a big stage, and the Blue Cubs may take a while to get settled.
The Indian youngsters are grouped with United States, Colombia and Ghana in Group A of the tournament.
"The biggest challenge for the government is to maintain the stadium after the World Cup", he added. He signed with Paris Saint Germain earlier this year.
"We will play as a unit and as a collective force". "It is a big event for India".
He admits the task he has undertaken isn't envious and has gone about his job without fuss, gradually introducing changes, of varied scales, suiting his coaching philosophy, reminding people not to expect "magic" overnight.
"For this, we opted for a slow paced execution that romanticized the rituals, the passion and the obsession of these young footballers irrespective of what level of football or where they play". We know we have a small possibility.
Retaining a qualifying position is going to be a monumental task for the Indian U-17 team as they face fierce competition in their group.
The Indian U-17 coach feels that apart from India, the heavyweights are the major contenders for the title but also mentioned - referring to Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph that any team, including India, can take it at the end of the day. "We have to be at the top of our game throughout the 90 minutes", he echoed.
Despite defender Boris Singh being ruled out due to a red card, the coach isn't too much perturbed. We were prepared for him not playing the first match and we have a replacement for him.
Shifting from a physical, long-ball approach to a more possession-based, ball-on-the-ground style has been de Matos' prime objective.
India skipper and central midfielder Amarjit Singh Kiyam, who was also present at the pre-match conference is also excited for the meet and said it is good to see that everyone is supporting us.
The 21-member United States team came from Dubai where they had a seven-day camp, preparing for the U-17 World Cup. Nigeria must start preparing for the next World Cup right away.