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'Indian footballers should stick to their natural style'

Coach of the national under-23 football team, Arthur Papas Saturday said Indian players should stick to their natural play instead of adopting any foreign style.

Arthur Papas

“It is always very easy to say that we must follow the Dutch style or the Spanish style of football. However, I believe Indian players should always stick to their natural game and improve on their fitness,” said Papas here.”The key is patience… the Spanish or the Dutch style of play has evolved over a period of time. Expecting our players to adopt a different style of play within a short time is impractical,” said Papas, who has also been roped in to coach I-League club Pailan Arrows.The coach, however, emphasised on having foreign tours for young Indian footballers as “exposure to different styles will help them evolve as a player”.Talking about Arrows, Papas said his aim was to ensure the team improved upon its performance from the last two years.”Being a new team, our aim is to ensure we improve on our performance. We all know about our poor performance in the last two seasons. So I am hoping we can better that,” said Papas.With the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announcing that the Arrows – owned and managed by it and Pailan Group – will not be relegated, Papas said the move will ensure better performance from his players.”I do not think the move will bring in complacency, rather it will allow them to play freely. Ours is a young team and young people have a hunger for wins,” added Papas.


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