th Indian national football team , National; football captain Sunil Chhetri has said that strongly believes tht the FIFA ranking won’t matter much if India doesn’t play international matches away from home ahead of the upcoming AFC Asian Cup tournament. The team currently is ranking 97th in the FIFA World Ranking and 15th in Asia
According to Chhetri, India require the best of preparations to make it count in the January 5 to February 1 event in the United Arab Emirates next year. In the last edition of the mega event in 2011, India crashed out of the group stage after losing all their matches with big margins.
India have never won the AFC Asian cup and have come closest to being runners-up where they lost to Israel in 1964. Chhetri says that the team must be at their level best and put up a fight if they want to make it to the knockout rounds.
“Do not be mistaken if it’s Thailand, Bahrain and UAE, cause It’s all a different ballgame. Just because we haven’t met Australia or Korea, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. Thailand is the most improved nation in the last six years and are now competing with the best in Asia. The important thing for us is that how are we going to prepare right now, because we have to be at our level best and put up a fight at the group stage,” Chhetri told India TV in an exclusive interview.