The Indian national team defeated Kyrgyz Republic in a 1-0 result at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Tuesday night, thanks to a winning strike from skipper Sunil Chhetri. The 32-year-old forward found the net in the 69th minute to seal the three points for Stephen Constantine and co.
The result witnessed a commendable performance from the Indian defensive forces including the likes of goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and central defender Anas Edathodika. Speaking to Goal, the two Indian internationals shared views on the crucial triumph over The White Falcons .
Firstly, the Stabaek goalkeeper had words of praise for his side. The 25-year-old stated that the Blue Tigers have evolved over the years and are now mentally ready for any battle thrown at them. Further, the former East Bengal custodian claimed that the side must not stop fighting and also continue the positive run for the future achievements.
''Every time I'm back, I see an improved attitude from everyone. We have the right mentality to take on any team that comes our way. And to be fair, it's thanks to the fact that we've proven that we can beat teams at home, we can beat teams away, and more than that, put in good performances. We are now ready to fight for everything, dig deep in and go for it. But it's time to build on this positive mentality and capitalize on that and make sure the Indian team goes higher in the rankings,'' he commented.
The victory at Bengaluru marked the eighth straight win for Sunil Chhetri's army. Speaking of the procurement, Gurpreet mentioned that the team must not let complacency settle in. ''It's an amazing achievement, but we need to be careful and not get cocky about this. It's a platform to build on further from. I'm sure all the lads understand this as well and we will be doing our best to keep this going,'' concluded the Punjab-born player.
Centre-back Anas Edathodika was another custodian who put up an impressive performance for the men in blue. The Mohun Bagan defender's father, back in hometown, is suffering from a heart disorder but this didn't stop the 30-year-old to turn up for the national team duty. Speaking of his parent's condition, he remarked, ''He has since recovered very well, and is undergoing rehab and is able to walk now. I spoke to him before the match as well.''
Anas believes this motivated him to play harder at Bengaluru for the national side and the Mallapuram-born player was content with his act on Tuesday night. Moreoever, the Delhi Dynamos player stated that his father must be proud of the victory as nation tops the list of priorities.
''That (father recovering) probably gave me a huge boost today and I'm sure he would have enjoyed watching me play today. I'm happy to have put in a good shift for the team and was able to deliver when called upon. More than my performance, my father would be very happy that India won. The nation always comes first,'' he concluded.