India head coach Stephen Constantine is delighted that “one of the best Indian teams in history” have qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but he insists that they still have work to do to finish top of their group.
India sealed their place in the United Arab Emirates in Jan. 2019 by beating Macau 4-1 on Wednesday. They now sit eight points clear at the top of Group A.
But Englishman Constantine is determined to see his side win their group ahead of Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan.
“We have achieved our target, but the job is far from being done as we want to finish first in the group,” Constantine told the-AFC.com.
“We can’t afford to sit and celebrate for long. We have to get back to business pretty soon as we’re playing Myanmar shortly. This is a terrific team effort over anything else.
“If not the best, this Indian team is surely one of the best Indian teams in history and the credit goes to all. Starting from the players to the supporting staff, it’s the result of everyone’s dedication and hard work.”
In his second stint in charge, Constantine has been at the helm for over two years, with predecessor Wim Koevermans missing out on the tournament in Australia in 2015.
The expansion of the competition to 24 teams has opened the competition up to a wider range of countries. But, for now, Constantine is focusing on the progress the team have made during his most recent time in charge.
“We achieved our goal to qualify for the Asian Cup and I’m immensely proud of my team. They have followed my manners, my demands,” said Constantine.
“They’ve gone through anything and everything like the tough training regime, rigorous pressure and at the end of the…