The India National Team captain Sunil Chhetri feels India “needs to play to at their best” to beat Myanmar as Chhetri believes Myanmar will be a tough challenge.
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When India last played Myanmar in the 2014 edition of the AFC Challenge Cup, the ‘Men in Blue’ lost by a 75th minute Soe Min Oo goal in Yangon and now again India will open their campaign against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019, where one of the India’s best forward Chhetri believes Myanmar will be a tough challenge so they “needs to play to at their best” to beat Myanmar.
During practice session at the Andheri Sports Complex, in an interview Chhetri said, “Myanmar are one of the toughest Teams to face in South East Asia at the moment. It will be a tough challenge for us and we have to play to the best of our abilities if we have to win there,”
“I just want to win this game. We have to set a benchmark that we are regularly qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup and this is the time to achieve it. That is how you will know that you are improving. This game against Myanmar is of huge importance for us as we have a realistic chance of qualification.”
The India National Football Team have been clubbed in Group A for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers alongside Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Macau.
On that Chhetri said, “It is going to be very hard as it is an open group where any Team can qualify. All permutations and combinations work when you do your hard work on the pitch. And we have been doing good now is the time to do better.”
On Monday, 13th March, the India National Football Team has started their first training session ahead of its AFC Asian Cup third-round qualifier against Myanmar in Yangon on March 28.
Most importantly the Indian National Football Team will also play an international friendly against Cambodia in Phnom Penh on March 22, before the AFC Asian Cup third-round qualifier against Myanmar in Yangon on March 28.
And on that Chhetri said, “We have a handful of days to understand what the Coach (Constantine) wants from us. Playing for the National Team is completely different from playing at the Club level”
“The good thing is that we play away (vs Cambodia). We have not been getting good results away from home and it is a chance to rectify that”
“It is up to us now how hard we work and how we perform on the pitch.”