U17 World Cup: Sunil Chhetri - India mustn’t face Ghana with a defensive mindset

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The Bengaluru FC striker urged the India U-17 players to give their all in their final group game against Ghana…

Sunil Chhetri, who scored one of the goals in India’s 4-1 triumph over Macau on Wednesday, believes that India Under-17 team must take the game to Ghana in their final Group A fixture of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

“It's Ghana next and it's important to take the game to them. The moment you do it, as you did against Colombia, you get the fans involved; and once you do that, it spurs you up. You need to feel you are playing in India and let them feel that we are playing in our own country. Every second counts. No matter what the result turns out to be, 1.3 billion people love you.

“In football you have to defend as much as you have to attack. But irrespective of playing against Ghana, we shouldn't go into the match with a purely defensive mind set. You need to snatch it, seize the opportunity and counter them. If we could do it against Colombia, there's no reason we can't do it against Ghana,” he wrote in a column.

He mentioned of his unbridled joy when Jeakson Singh scored against Colombia, a memory which would remain fresh for almost every Indian football fan.

“Perhaps no other strike in football has made me happier than Jeakson Singh's goal the other day, and I mean it. I was jumping, so was the entire national team in Bengaluru. India was desperately waiting for that moment for so long and when it actually happened it was like a dream. The delivery was excellent and the header was ­ BOOM (sad we conceded the next minute).

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