India captain Sunil Chhetri said it won’t be easy for other teams to beat team India in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. He maintained that Blue Tigers hate to lose and they are super excited for the competition.
“I can assure you that it won't be an easy job for other teams to face us. We are a team who hates to lose, and we have proven it in recent times. We are working as per the plan,’’ Chhetri told AIFF website.
The 34-year-old striker said members of his side, who are playing for the first time in the Asian Cup, are ready for the opportunity. The veteran, who has made 104 appearances for India and netted 65 international goals, is the only member in the squad to play Asian Cup twice.
“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,” he maintained.
However, Chhetri waved away the questions on India’s toughest challenge in the group stage where they are pooled with the hosts UAE and Bahrain. He said the Blue Tigers will think about those teams only when they come.
“At the moment, our sole focus is on our opening fixture – the game against Thailand. At the moment we know that Thailand will be a very tough opponent and we are concentrating only on them,” he said.
Chhetri, who is just three matches short of the Bhaichung Bhutia’s record of 107 times, said he never plays for records.
“It feels good when I get a record under my name. But I don't keep track of records. I never ever dreamt that I would play more than 100 games for India or score 60-odd goals,” he explained.
Chhetri said he is a big fan of the Sikkimese Sniper and maintained that the former player has always been a huge support.
The continent's biggest football event will be played in four cities of the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1.