Indian goalkeeper Subrata Pal says his side have nothing to fear in their 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers against Iran at Kanteerava Stadium on Tuesday.
Iran are currently the top-ranked team in Asia, stand at 40 in the FIFA ladder while India are at 155. Regarding the numerical difference, the 28-year-old custodian insisted that Blue Tigers will remain focus ahead of the game.
“We will play as a team. Football is all about attacking and also all about defending as a team,” he said. “In football, anything is possible and any team possesses the power to upset their opponents on any given day.
“We can guarantee our fans that we will play and give our hundred per cent on the pitch. We will fight for every inch and for every ball.”
Stephen Constantine’s men are yet to open their account in the qualifying campaign following their consecutive defeats to Oman and Guam respectively in last June.
“We are taking one match at a time. Right now, we are focusing on the Iran match. Commenting about the tally of points and our position in the group isn’t possible at the moment,” the Salgaocar keeper added.
“For me, on the ground everybody is equal. Players from the other team would also be having two legs, two hands and one head. They are same as us. Why should one get scared?”
Subrata, who had a footballing stint in Europe with Denmark’s FC Vestsjaelland last year, has been capped 62 times by India since making his international debut in 2007.