Sunil Chhetri says team needs time to adapt to new style

first_imgFor a nation starved of success stories in football, being the top star means that one would be hounded by the fans and media.Sunil Chhetri knows it well and after his Sporting Lisbon sojourn, the expectation from the 28-year-old striker has only picked up.No surprise, that in the prematch press conference ahead of India’s opener against Syria in the Nehru Cup, the captain of the team was time and again asked about what difference he could make, especially after his Portugal experience.”I was in Portugal for just 28 days. I don’t think playing with a new team and set-up for such short time can impact your game,” he said.The Delhi boy, who was a part of India’s victorious team in the 2009 edition, said the youngsters in the squad had a very important role to play.”We have six to seven players who are relatively new. They are a good bunch but on this stage, they need to understand their responsibility,” he said.About coach Wim Koevermans’ newly propounded “possession football,” he said it would take some time.”We should take into account the fact that he has with us for only two weeks. We are being told to keep the ball as much as possible. The good thing is that the coach is working with a certain plan and a vision,” he said.Chhetri had high regards for their first match’s opponent Syria. “I have seen their game in the Asian Cup and they are a talented lot,” he said.advertisementlast_img

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