Sunil Chhetri, a star Indian football player who will compete in the third Asian Cup, says he is “at his peak.”
After prior appearances in 2011 and 2019, Sunil Chhetri will take the field in his third Asian Cup event final. The attacker believes he is at his best right now even though he is 37 years old.
The Indian national football team defeated Hong Kong 4-0 on Tuesday to defeat Hong Kong. And earn a spot in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in front of a nearly full Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
Sunil Chhetri, the team’s captain, voiced his wish to compete in the Asian Cup on home soil. After being moved by the number of supporters who showed up to cheer for the Blue Tigers despite the storm.
We would have liked to play at home right now given the kind of shape we are in. It would be amazing to play here, especially with how many people are showing up! Sunil Chhetri made this statement when India qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time in history a second time.
In Group D of the third round of the Asian Cup qualifications. India overcame Cambodia and Afghanistan before easily defeating Hong Kong. India played its home games for the first time in more than two years in the Salt Lake Stadium, where all games were played.
Over the course of the three-match campaign, Sunil Chhetri praised the emergence of youthful players in the national squad. “The lads are terrific, although they’ll probably kill me for calling them kids. In the locker room, we have the ideal balance of veteran and junior athletes. Along with Liston Colaco, Suresh Wangjam, Akash Mishra, and Roshan Singh, all of whom have excelled, you also have Liston and Suresh.”
“Yes, there are a lot of young people emerging, and Ishan (Pandita) has excelled in his training as well. Just take a look at what he performed today. Players Ishan and Sahal (Abdul Samad) merit evenings like this “said Sunil Chhetri, who tallied the game’s second goal while Anwar Ali, Manvir Singh, and Ishan Pandita also registered goals.
After prior appearances in 2011 and 2019, Sunil Chhetri will take the field in his third Asian Cup event final. The attacker believes he is at his best right now even though he is 37 years old. “I am now at the top of my game. The last Asian Cup has already ended. The desire to work hard is strong. India should be present at the Asian Cup, as I have already stated, regardless of whether I am selected for the next major events or someone else does. It is crucial for us as a country to continue competing in the Asian Cup so that we can frequently interact with India’s top athletes. The talismanic striker stated, “This provides us the opportunity to play friendlies with higher-ranked opponents coming up to the event.
Sunil Chhetri tied Hungary legend, Ferenc Puskas, for sixth place on the all-time list of international goal scorers after scoring his 84th goal in national colors against Hong Kong. The Bengaluru FC player admitted he does not pay too much attention to statistics, though.
“Although it feels fantastic, you must continue. Sincerely, I don’t give the records any thought. I am aware that the number of games I have remaining for the nation is limited given how many I have already played. I intend to attend every game and take pleasure in it. Because I am aware that it won’t last for very long, I want to slide, run, and do everything I can. Playing for my country has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. Every single part of it is an incredible honor “Sunil Chhetri came to an end.