Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu looks forward to clash against Spain

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Melissa Porter | 08 October, 2017, 08:31

They are touted as one of the title contenders, but Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu is in no mood to jump the gun and admitted that it won't be easy for his side to win their fourth Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup title, here. Niger were beaten 5-6 on penalties by Ghana after a goalless semi-final and then went down 1-3 to Guinea in the match for third place, though they had already achieved their lofty objective by then.

Spain did better in the second session and pressed hard for the equaliser, but Brazil defence stood firm. Spain could not shoot the ball over. "Our goalkeeper was also playing really well today", post his fledgelings' win. "It was was a really an equal game", he said. "Even the senior team players would've faced the pressure in such a situation, so you can only imagine how these youth players felt", he said.

Both the teams are rich in Under-17 World Cup statistics. There are many alternatives for us.

He said he was a relieved man that his side began their campaign with a win. It was the first game at such a high level.

Brazil, who have won this tournament thrice, now have three points from one match. "But be it the first game, second or the last game we will always play to win", he added.

Just like his Brazilian counterpart, he too found the weather to be very hard.

They have an abundance of talent in their country and players are raring to fill his shoes.

Amadeu thanked the crowd for the overwhelming support to his team. We could see the support. We want to give something back to you. It is important to note that the religiously Indian Super League (ISL) team Kerala Blasters too play football in a yellow kit and all the kits of yellow in the crowd may not have been that of Brazil's.

"We have many clubs producing footballers and for this select group of players to be here is a pleasure", the coach said on the eve of the game.

"It's a good pitch".

"We are feeling like home. here".

Spain Santiago Denia rued that his side did not take the chances that came their way.

"(It was an) Equally contested match. We played well in the first 10 minutes. We had chances but could not score. We are trying to improve on every aspect. The shock 1-0 win by Niger in a group match in Gabon in the African qualifiers sent the five-time Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup champions Nigeria crashing out of the India event.

"The most important thing is the mental power". Humidity played its part. Spain has been here just for four days. "We will try to adapt with the climate".