Skipper Sunil Chhetri one purpose wanting coming into all-time top-10 listing of scorers.
Sunil Chhetri will look so as to add to his tally and enter the all-time top-10 goal-scorers’ listing as a buoyant India meets Afghanistan within the joint 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers right here on Tuesday.
While India wants only a draw to safe a spot within the third spherical of Asian Cup Qualifiers after Oman defeated Afghanistan 2-1 on Friday, a hat-trick for Chhetri will see him equal Pele by way of numbers of targets scored in worldwide enviornment.
Chhetri can also be only one purpose off coming into the all-time top-10 listing of scorers.
India ended its winless streak in worldwide soccer when the captain struck a brace towards Bangladesh in its earlier outing.
India is already out of competition to progress additional within the World Cup Qualifying marketing campaign, and is now trying to safe a berth in 2023 Asian Cup. India will enter the sport as clear favourite despite Afghanistan’s ability to combat it out.
High on confidence
Igor Stimac’s males will probably be excessive on confidence after dominating Bangladesh. The Indians loved almost 75% possession whereas finishing greater than 600 passes.
India will want Chhetri and Manvir Singh to fireside upfront, with Brandon Fernandes marshalling the midfield and conserving the availability chain flowing.
Stimac dismissed apprehensions that India might play for a draw. “I need to say that I don’t know any coach or any team who would come out playing for a draw,” Stimac mentioned on the pre-match press convention.
“Even that might seem to be a situation when you are facing much better sides. Then, you need to drop and defend for your life and wait for one, two or three chances to counter-attack like against Qatar. But, we are not going out to play for a draw. Rather, we will go out to win it. That’s what we are aiming to do. We need to start doing it from the kick off. I know and am very confident that all our boys are ready and fit. They need to enjoy the game.”
Stimac added: “The result against Bangladesh makes us confident. Afghanistan is a better side than Bangladesh, and it will not be easy.”
Match starts at 7.30 p.m.