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Sunil Chhetri’s Defiance: No Room for Losing as India Faces Pakistan in SAFF Championship

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Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team, recently scored the opening goal in the Intercontinental Cup final against Lebanon, and he is eagerly anticipating the match against Pakistan in the upcoming SAFF Championship 2023.

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The Indian team, known as the Blue Tigers, is ready to commence their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 21. Prior to this highly anticipated clash, Chhetri shed light on the equation between the two sets of players.

The 38-year-old disclosed that off the field, the players from India and Pakistan maintain friendly relations. Chhetri further mentioned that the Pakistan team speaks Punjabi, just like their Indian counterparts. However, once the referee blows the whistle, both teams switch into a competitive mode.

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Chhetri said in a video shared by the official Instagram handle of the Indian Super League (ISL),

“Before the Pakistan match, whenever we met the boys, it was all hunky dory. Even when I was in Pakistan once or twice we’ve played here and there we were all fine and friendly. We are all nice, they speak Punjabi, we speak Punjabi, the moment the whistle blows I don’t know what happens,”

He added,

“It’s by default, just the sense of anyone but them. Maybe it’s ingrained in our upbringing as Indians and I’m pretty sure they will say the same thing. The hostility, the fact that we don’t want to lose against them comes in,”

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Sunil Chhetri, the esteemed captain of the Indian football team, who holds the impressive title of being the third-highest goal-scorer among active international players, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.


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