Passing from back the ideal way to play, says Sunil Chhetri

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Passing from back the ideal way to play, says Sunil Chhetri

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07/13/2019

Sunil Chhetri has been of the opinion that passing the ball from the back in making a buildup would be the ideal way to play for the team as it is also followed in the league as well. The skipper also heaped praise on the coach for his brave approach and availability for each and every player.

Since Igor Stimac’s arrival along with his promise to play attacking football with the new age footballers, there has been an excitement in the crowd. And he hasn’t failed in that as well with India scoring goals in all the three matches they have played under him.

However, an identity hasn’t been created yet and Chhetri has been of the opinion that the national team should be sticking to the style that the domestic league of the nation has been playing with – passing the ball from the back and then building it up.

“I think if you ask me, the best one (formation) would be the same way as to what the league plays. In that way, you will get more probability of success. In our league if you see, a lot of teams pass the ball and play from the back, in that sense, it makes sense that he also wants to do the same thing,” said Chhetri, reported Goal.

“It doesn't mean that he wants to play kamikaze where no matter what we pass around from behind when there are times we have to lump the ball and be safe, we will do that. He emphasises on a lot of movements, a lot of people asking for the ball. Eventually, if it helps our country or not, time will tell. I am enjoying it. We players are as good as what the coach wants. The more we are in sync with what the coach wants, the better for us," he added.

He was also all praise for the new manager, who has been quite adventurous in his approach with the players in awe of his technical knowledge. But, Chhetri also pointed how approachable the gaffer has been, not only for the big names in the squad but the smaller ones as well. 

“Technically he is very knowledgeable, someone who understands modern football. He is someone who works really hard and is really helpful to all the players. Doesn't matter if it's me or the youngest member. The best part about him that I like is that he is very brave. He is someone who wants to see everyone, wants to be fair, which is not very common. This is different.

“He is very brave and backs everyone up. He spends a lot of time on individual players also. That is nice. Generally, when coaches, they do interact with the senior players, they are always in the mix, but if you ask all the young ones in this camp, they all feel involved. Everyone knows if they train well, they will get their chance,” he said.

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