India’s poster boy, Sunil Chhetri led national side are on a mission accomplishing journey that of making their nation proud in their quest of playing good football twinned with impressive results. The world number 97 ranked side are leaving no stone unturned in making atleast this part of the world realise that they have arrived and can only improve upon their journey as they chase the Asian dream next year in the AFC Asian Cup.
Out of their last 16 outings, India has only lost to a higher ranked opponent, Kyrgyz Republic(75) at their home turf. 13 out of 16 have been wins. India have hit their strides even in this ongoing Hero Intercontinental Cup big time having beaten Chinese Taipei(121) by a thumping 5-0 margin with a hattrick coming from Sunil followed by a comprehensive 3-0 win over Kenya(111), again a brace from our milestone man as he played his 100th at the Mumbai Sporting Complex Arena, Andheri, Mumbai.
Notable performances have rung in from new introduced midfield duo that of Anirudh Thapa(Chennaiyin FC) & Pronoy Halder, our this season ATK recruit ! Halder has been ominous at his pegging accurate long rangers into the 3-piece as one converted into a scintilating goal vs Chinese Taipei side. Thapa on the other hand has looked like a bundle of energy donning the no.10 jersey in his debut season for India. He has stitched together convincing passes to the wings and provided necessary through balls while Halder has stuck to his tough sturdy tackles in the mid pitch snatching the decisive balls.
Udanta Singh has been electric on the right wing though his final balls hasn’t been upto his high standards. Jeje & Sunil have been doing wonders upfront as Jhinghan & Anas has looked as impregnable pillars at the back along with our stalwart Gurpreet guarding the blocks.
Come tonight’s game, the Blue Tigers will be brimming with full confidence as they take on the Kiwis(133) to extend their winning streak into the Cup Final on the 10th. New Zealand had played the Confederations Cup last year against the likes of Russia who are hosting the mega FIFA World Cup 2018 in a week’s time, South American giant killers- Mexico & CR7 led Euro Champions- Portugal at the group stage. Chris Wood, even scored NZ’s solitary goal at the event ! New Zealand hasn’t looked at their best in this competition as yet having lost to Kenya and gone past a weak Chinese Taipei side by a small margin. But we can surely hope for an intriguing tussle and cheer loud- INDIA..INDIA..!! Come on, rise up.. #FanATK #BleedBlue #INDvsNZ