A do or die battle awaits India when they on Korea Republic in their concluding league match of the Under-16 AIFF Youth Cup, here on Monday.
India, who are at the bottom with one point from three matches, need to win tomorrow to keep their hopes alive to qualify for third place play-off.
India started with lot of promise against Tanzania and USA but lost their way after conceding a goal as the midfield and defence commited lot of mistakes.
The two days rest will help the boys not only to recover from fatigue and injury but also help them to iron out their mistakes and play to their potential against Korea on Monday.
India’s coach Nicolai Adam is optimistic that his team can beat Korea Republic on Monday.
"The two days rest will be in our favour. The boys are fit and the physical condition of each of them is very good.
We are used to the heat. The heat didn’t kill us in our matches against Tanzania and USA, rather our mistakes did. We paid heavily for our mistakes. But tomorrow we will try to avoid commiting the same mistakes," Adam said.
"Korea are a stong side and play compact game. Their midfielders and forwards are capable of scoring from long range.
"With Malaysia playing a 2-2 draw against Tanzania, we now need to win tomorrow to achieve fouth place and qualify for third place play-off. I feel everything is possible. We will give our best and try to play to our potential. We believe in our abilities," he added.
While the final slot is a three way battle, Tanzania, who finished their league engagement with six points from four matches, are leading the table at the moment.
USA and Korea Republic are behind Tanzania with five points each.
But a win for both USA and Korea, who play their last match against Malaysia and India on Monday respectively , will enable them to make it to the final slated for May 25.
Asked how beneficial the tournament is turning out for his boys, India coach Adam said: "It’s a good learning experience for the boys who are preparing for the high intensity Under-17 World Cup in 2017. To achieve result in the World Cup we need to minimise our mistakes on the pitch and stick to our style of play that suits us best.
"From now on, we will be constantly playing highly competitive opponents. That’s the only way to get the necessary exposure and learning experience to finally make it to the next level."