The skipper exudes confidence ahead of the final against Cameroon this evening and believes that his side can do the job…
Sunil Chhetri stated that if India play to their strengths and not worry about “other aspects”, there is a realistic chance of them defending their Nehru Cup crown.
Given that Cameroon have been the best attacking unit in the tournament, it would take a special effort from the Indian defense to keep their attackers quiet.
“Every team takes the field a sole aim to win. But it’s not that easy every time. To win against Cameroon, we need a concerted team effort on the field. We need to play to our potential and not bother about other aspects. We need to play like a team possessed,” said Chhetri.
The Sporting Lisbon ‘B’ striker remained equivocal when asked whether he had to shoulder extra responsibility being the captain of the national side.
“Maybe yes; maybe no! It’s about eleven players playing together at the same time on the field. As a Captain, it feels good to see the team playing so well. Off the field, it’s nice to see all gelling well and moving as an unit – from the breakfast table to the field to the pool to the practice sessions to everywhere. Everyone stays committed to the task ahead. The team is certainly not about one single individual with the armband. It’s a team, a football team,” he explained.
Chhetri further spoke of Cameroon and added that they are the “strongest” side he has ever faced.
“They (Cameroon) are a very strong side. In fact, among all the teams that have played the Nehru Cup since 2007, this is the most capable side. They are a class side.”
“I have been fortunate enough to play against Japan, Australia, South Korea donning the National jersey and I can tell you they are among the strongest teams I have played against,” he mentioned.
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