Legendary coach Arsene Wenger says “it’s possible” to develop Indian soccer “in the very short time” and he can’t think about the game evolving with out the involvement of the Asian nation.
The encouraging phrases from the previous Arsenal supervisor got here forward of the Indian staff’s World Cup Qualifier in opposition to Qatar on Tuesday.
Wenger, who’s at present the chief of worldwide soccer improvement, FIFA, visited the All India Football Federation (AIFF) headquarters on Monday and had an interplay with the heads of a choose group of academies from throughout the nation.
“I would say I was always fascinated by India. My target is to improve football in the world. And it is impossible that a country like India, 1.4 billion, is not on the football world map,” Wenger mentioned.
“I believe you have huge assets, fantastic qualities that make me very optimistic about what you can do here.
“It is completely improbable to have that chance. And with my staff, we’re actually extremely motivated to assist this nation develop within the recreation. I’m satisfied that it is attainable within the very quick time period.” Wenger emphasised on how a well-oriented talent development scheme can change the face of the game in a country.
“I used to be in Japan in the beginning of their soccer in 1995. In 1998, they have been on the World Cup. So which means it’s attainable. You have to start out early.
“What will football be like in 2030? How can we imagine what our needed quality is in 2030? But what is for sure, is where we start with technique. Football is a technical sport. We have to equip the players from five to 15 with the best possible capacity to be technically at the top.
“That means, mainly, to make it easy, is to make the ball his pal. The relaxation could be developed later. And that is completely very important.
“So, this is where we have to start and that’s where we want to help people to make young players technically perfect. The start of our programme is to identify the talent and then put the best talents together,” he mentioned.