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Indian national football team captain Sunil Chhetri. File Photo/ANI
Indian national football team captain Sunil Chhetri. File Photo/ANI

Won't be easy for other teams to face India in Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri

ANI | Updated: Jan 02, 2019 17:03 IST

Abu Dhabi [UAE], Jan 2 (ANI): Even as it is prediction time for pundits all over the world on the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup, star Indian striker Sunil Chhetri has said that "it won't be easy for other teams to face India."
"All of us are super excited and thrilled right now. Apart from me and Gurpreet, it's a first-time experience for all else. Everyone is ready to grab this opportunity. I can assure you that it won't be an easy job for other teams to face us. We are a team who hate to lose, and we have proven it in recent times. We are working as per the plan," he stated.
The 34-year-old, who is the highest Indian scorer in international football with 65 goals at the moment, however, refrained from commenting on which team will post the toughest challenge for India in the group stage.
"At the moment, our sole focus is on our opening fixture-the game against Thailand. At the moment, we are not looking anything beyond that. Yeah, there are matches against UAE and Bahrain lined up but we will think about them only when they come. At the moment we know that Thailand will be a very tough opponent and we are concentrating only on them," the national skipper said.
Chhetri has played 104 international matches so far, only three shy of his 'mentor' Bhaichung Bhutia who had represented the nation for a record 107 times. But he stressed that he never plays for records.
"It feels good when I get a record under my name. But I don't keep track of records. After 10 seconds, I just forget it and move on," he smiled. "I never take any pressure of chasing any record. I never ever dreamt that I would play more than 100 games for India or score 60-odd goals," Chhetri explained.
The striker didn't think much before calling himself as a 'big fan' of the Sikkimese Sniper, expressing he has learnt many a thing from his him.
"I have always been a big fan of Bhaichung Bhai. Tell me who isn't? I have learnt so many things from him. He has always been a huge support," he stated.
India will kick-off their Asian Cup campaign against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium on January 6. (ANI)