"There are similarities between Jordan and Oman with UAE and these were important games and that's why we set them up".
India can expect the UAE to come hard at them after a 1-1 stalemate against Bahrain in the tournament opener. We all hoped to win to satisfy the fans.
Speaking ahead of the game against UAE Sunil Chhetri said "We have to focus on match against hosts UAE". It will be a very hard game. We've taken the first step with the win against Thailand and now have a tough game against UAE, but we will fight as we have done in the past few years. We are concentrating on the next one now and we need to give a good account of ourselves.
Commemorative coins are to be minted and placed into circulation to mark the Asian Cup being held in the UAE.
Stephen Constantine has reinvigorated the Indian team with a lot of energy and counter-attacking strategy. Three misses for the Blue Tigers.
India play host UAE in Abu Dhabi in Group A's second match-day for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
India will play their usual 4-4-1-1 formation which Stephan Constantine has used in every game since he took over as manager back in 2015. As such two additional groups have been added and the two best teams from each group and the four best third-placed teams will progress in the tournament. What was even more encouraging for India was the fact that the domination wasn't restricted to a spell, but was evident throughout the first half and even by extension, throughout the game.
However, the surprise package was rookie forward Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh being the livewire down wide right. We had a meeting with the players after the game against Bahrain where we showed India's strengths and weaknesses.
They made the most of their time on the ball and as expected, an opening arrived. They'll be jacked up to play us tomorrow and will see this as an absolute must-win game. Scoring in Asian Cup wouldn't be something new to Sunil, as the striker has already scored four times in the championship.
Ali Mabkhout - He is probably one of best strikers in west Asia and has unbelievable goal returns for both club and country ( 0.75 per game for club and 0.68 for country).
The host nation kicked off their bid for glory with a 1-1 draw with Middle East neighbours Bahrain on Saturday.
Midfielder Ismail Hammadi is also a key player in UAE's scheme of things. He is a traditional winger and is known for his crosses inside the box.
Both India and UAE have played 13 matches against each other and UAE has emerged triumphant on eight occasions while India has won just three of them, two of those encounters have been draws.
The odds, though, appear to be stacked in UAE's favour as the Alberto Zaccheroni-coached side has a better Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking of 79, has won 8 of the 13 games between the two sides and will be spurred on by the noisy home crowd.