No comparison with Messi, Ronaldo, says Chhetri
Sunil Chhetri scored on either halves to inspire India to a resounding 4-1 victory over Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup group A match. The 34-year-old talisman also overtook Argentinian star Lionel Messi's international goal tally of 65.
However, Chhetri, as his coach Stephen Constantine mentioned after the match, is keeping his feet on the ground.
"I am not taking it too seriously. There is absolutely no comparison with Messi and Ronaldo. I am happy to have scored goals for my country. Whenever I get an opportunity, I would love to score for my country. I am lucky to have been able to play more than 100 games for my country. I have totally enjoyed. I don't see too much into these numbers but keep scoring for the country."
He was often reminded about the impending record but Chhetri has a message to all those celebrating his achievement.
"I tell my countrymen, to see it, be happy for five seconds and forget it," said the humble striker.
He said India countered Thailand's tactics with their own pressing game.
"If we had allowed them to pass, they would do that for 180 minutes and we won't have touched the ball. We took up the challenge and pressed. We were brave and it worked."
On preparations for the Cup matches, he said it was a simple process.
"Asian Cup is like the World Cup for us. We already knew which teams we are going to face - Thailand, the UAE and Bahrain. All of them are difficult and better teams. But we want to go there and fight. So the philosophy is simple. I just hope all are fit for the game."
Chhetri said the fighting spirit in the team will help them sail into the knockout stage.
"We are a fighting team and fit. We will fight till the end no matter what the result is. I got and knock on the field but I will play the UAE game even on one leg," he added.
India will play the UAE at Zayed Sports City Stadium on Thursday.
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