QF is realistic target for India: Thomas Dennerby | Football News

PANAJI: India will go into the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 at home without two of their more important players, but coach Thomas Dennerby believes he still has “23 good players” who can make it at least to the quarterfinals.
Dennerby will miss experienced striker Bala Devi, who has worn the No 10 shirt for Rangers FC in Scotland, and midfielder Sangita Basfore, both recovering from surgeries for an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury.
The Swedish coach has shown faith in several youngsters, including four from last year’s under-17 squad and two from the team that will take part in the Fifa U-17 World Cup later this year.
“We have had such a long preparation, been together for more than five months and in total over 200 different sessions, games against proper teams, different styles. We finally feel we are really prepared. We can see the team has developed a lot. Hopefully we will see that when it’s time to play the games,” Dennerby said.
Dennerby believes India has a “realistic chance” of making it out of the group that includes seven-time champions China, two-time champions Chinese Taipei and debutants Iran.
“We aim to get into the quarterfinals which is our primary target,” said Dennerby. “If we qualify for the last-eight, anything can happen,” he said.

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