Team spirit, receptivity and discipline were India's cornerstones in their monumental victory over Cameroon, believes captain Sunil ChhetriNewly crowned Nehru Cup winning captain Sunil Chhetri was jubilant as he said in no uncertain terms that his third Nehru Cup victory was the "best among the three finals."
And it's not like the diminutive striker was without doubts of his own about the superiority of the opponents at hand. "Certainly this one stands out as we beat a side like Cameroon. If someone would have told us at the start of the tournament that we could beat Cameroon, I wouldn't have believed it. But we played as a unit. I am extremely proud of the boys," gushed the No. 11.
Team spirit was perhaps the strongest weapon in the Blue Tigers' arsenal before the game began, though. "Today, when we got into the team bus, I told the boys that no matter what happens, I am proud of you guys. Even during the match when we were 1-2 down, I told them that you guys have made me proud. We kept pulling in for each other," he said.
The Indian skipper spoke of the national capital having a lucky charm given that India have won three Nehru Cups, AFC Challenge Cup and a SAFF Championship trophy in the last five years at Delhi.
"I love them (fans). Delhi has always been lucky for us. We have always got massive support. Cameroon was playing against 11 men and the crowd. I thank everyone who came. I wouldn’t like to make comparisons, but this is a huge moment for us," he said.
The Sporting Lisbon B striker also believes that his team's receptivity and discipline was a primary factor in their performance. He explained, "We are a disciplined lot. Any successful team's mantra is listening to their coach and we are no different. When Houghton was there, we followed his instructions and now that Koevermans is here, we are trying to do what he wants from us."
"It's just five weeks and we are certainly not there where we should be but we are hopeful of doing better." Chhetri signed off.
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