Malaysia-Tottenham not circus game, says Indra

Indra Putra Mahayuddin believes the Malaysia players can learn a lot from the upcoming encounter with Tottenham Hotspur in the AIA Cup.

In recent weeks, certain fan groups have been calling for a boycott of the Tottenham match for interrupting the regular football season and the national team's preparations for the World Cup qualifying stage, but Indra brushed it aside.

“Some supporters have been calling it a circus game, but I disagree,” said Indra following the AIA Cup press conference on Tuesday.

“To me, it is a good warm-up match for the upcoming friendly against Hong Kong as well as the World Cup qualifiers against Timor-Leste and Pakistan.

“Tottenham are one of the biggest teams in England and Europe, and they have a lot of good players whom we can learn from.

"In a way, they are a higher level of opponent for our players."

The Felda United star also said he is looking forward to playing with the five foreigners, who have been picked for the match at the Shah Alam Stadium on Wednesday, and did not rule out the possibility of a win for the Malaysian team.

“We played together as a team a few days ago [in a 3-2 win over Sime Darby] and were, truthfully, a little poor, but we understand each other better now.

“So, I believe we will show a good performance on the pitch against Tottenham tomorrow.

“And if we are fully committed to it and believe in ourselves, we can beat them because nothing is impossible in football.”

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