SPORT-FOOT-CHHETRI 2 LAST

first_img“Under me, we have not done particularly well away”Under me, we have not done particularly well away from home although we have had some great results at home. We have to improve that stats. It (talk about India being placed in a relatively easy pool) will be only true if we qualify,” said Chhetri.Chhetri rued that India have not played any friendly after shocking higher ranked Puerto Rico at this very venue last year.”Before the Puerto Rico game if someone had asked will you win I would probably have said am not 100 per cent sure. After that we have not played a single game which is not an ideal situation. The country has to play more friendlies. That gives us a chance. When you play a better opponent you will learn even if you dont win.”We have to rub shoulders at the next level, say with Palestine, Lebanon etc, and then you know how much you are improving. I am sure the gaffer Stephen understands it and thats why he wants it.”According to Chhetri the friendly against Cambodia would help the team get into the groove for the Asian Cup qualifier against Myanmar after the players had been playing for their respective I-League clubs for so long.”Coming from different clubs a friendly always helps in getting into the groove for the national team. We want to keep playing. The guy I wanted to kick yesterday – (fellow striker) Jeje Lalpekhlua – is my friend (in the Indian team),” said Chhetri in a tongue-in-cheek remark about playing club football as compared to playing for the nation.advertisementHe hoped Constantine would have all the players to choose from and free from injuries although in the same breath he also mentioned that camper and midfielder Pronay Halder is not training as he is injured.”The most important part is everyone should be fit enough but Pranoy is injured and is not training. I want the the coach to have all the players fit and strong. Then we have a chance.”When our gaffer came in not many players were sure of being in the first eleven. Now we also have a bigger pool to choose from and that helps. But the important thing is someone else should be there who is equally good to take the injured players place.” PTI SSR NRBlast_img

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