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We must learn from mistakes made during first match: Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri scored twice in opposition to Tajikistan on July 7 (File Picture)

Indian soccer captain Sunil Chhetri Friday requested his team-mates to study from errors they made through the earlier match and attempt to rectify them of their must-win sport in opposition to North Korea within the Intercontinental Cup right here.

Chhetri, who grabbed a brace in India’s 2-Four loss within the opening sport in opposition to Tajikistan on July 7, stated that the entire workforce was working onerous to bounce again from the defeat and careworn on the significance of maintaining calm.

“We need to learn from all the mistakes in the Tajikistan game and try to rectify them as much as possible. Individually, as well as collectively, we are all working hard on that. The most important thing is to keep calm and put your head down and work,” he stated.

“No one else is going to help you, which means we have to pick ourselves up and give a good account of ourselves against DPR Korea to churn out a positive result,” Chhetri stated on the match-eve press convention.

He stated the workforce was “enjoying” the brand new model of play based mostly on possession soccer launched by head coach Igor Stimac.

“The majority of our focus is on keeping the ball. There are a lot of movements and players asking for the ball. Of course, at times, we have to put safety first and we cannot be passing in defence all the time needlessly,” stated the nation’s most capped participant.

“Eventually, whether it works or not, only time will tell, but I can say that I am enjoying this style and all the players are enjoying as well. The more we are in sync with the coach, it is better for us and we will back him in all his plans for the team,” he added.

Stimac had acknowledged that the Intercontinental Cup was a part of the preparation for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that start in September.

With the workforce having confronted Curacao and Thailand beforehand on the King’s Cup and now taking part in Tajikistan, DPR Korea and Syria, Chhetri acknowledged that taking part in such opposition will “make the team stronger”.

“The level of opposition is really good. I don’t remember the last time we played five countries of this quality together. We might lose some and might win some but these are the games you want to target,” the captain stated.

“Unless you play these teams, you never know where you stand. We’ll certainly be stronger after these games and they are important if we want to go to the next level.”

Chhetri additionally stated these set of video games is essential for the coach to choose his set of first-choice gamers for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

“The two games in Thailand and three here have been really crucial. We are understanding what the coach wants from us exactly and this tournament is a progression where he is still looking for first 18-23 set of players,” he stated.

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