Ludhia, Dec 17: I-League table toppers Minerva Punjab FC will aim to continue their good run when they host Indian Arrows in their own backyard at Guru k Stadium here on Monday.
It will be a tough test for the young Indian Arrows side comprising of the Indian U-17 World Cup squad and Indian U-19 team members were on the receiving end when these two sides collided in Goa, thanks to William Opoku Asiedu's brilliant brace.
Indian Arrows coach De Matos has clearly said that it's not the result he is after but the development of his younger side. His side had a reasoble 10-day break in order to prepare themselves for the upcoming challenge.
When the Portuguese was asked about his team's preparation for the upcoming game he told the media that he studied Minerva Punjab really well.
"I again want to point out that we are not here to win or lose. We are here for the experience of the competitive matches. My team is very young. They are 18-year-old players and it's essential that they play bigger stronger opponents for their development."
He praised the Punjab-based side wholeheartedly as well, "We have worked on Minerva's strength especially their throw-in and other set pieces. Minerva are the leaders of I-League and are a very strong side," he added.
According to the Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos, it's a long-term project to make Indian players adapt to an European style of play.
"Yes, it's a long-term project. I don't want to change my style of play for a different opponent every game. I want my players to play the same kind of football we are playing so when these players are ready in 2 years of time for the senior side they can counter European teams easily. In order to achieve this the players need more competition," he said. IANS