India football coach Bob Houghton conceded that his side has got a tough draw in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup final round but vowed to give their best in the continent’s showpiece event in Doha.
India were clubbed in Group C along with 2010 World Cup qualifiers Australia and South Korea, and Bahrain in the draw held in Doha last night.
“Australia and Korea are two teams any coach would want to avoid being drawn alongside his team. The ranking itself speaks about the difference in standards. Bahrain also are good. Still we'll try to put up the best effort,” Houghton said.
“The overall performance of the team has been improving steadily. But still we’ve a long way to go,” he added.
India captain Bhaichung Bhutia, however, didn’t sound overawed. “Okay, it’s a tough draw but are there any easy teams in the Asian Cup? And where else will you get the opportunity to play Australia and South Korea, two World Cup finalists, and Bahrain, who almost got there,” Bhutia told HT on Saturday.