Indian Football

'You Can Feel the After Effects of COVID-19,' Admits Bengaluru FC Skipper Sunil Chhetri

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sunil Chhetri is India's all-time highest goalscorer and skipper
Sunil Chhetri is India's all-time highest goalscorer and skipper / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

India footballing superstar Bengaluru FC skipper, Sunil Chhetri has opened up on returning back to action for his club in the AFC Cup preliminary stage and on recovering from contracting COVID-19 which led him to miss India's recent international friendlies.

Bengaluru sacked Spanish coach, Carles Cuadrat after a poor time last season with the club appointing Marco Pezzaiuoli in his stead. They are set to face Nepal club, Tribhuvan Army FC on 14 April, and the star striker believes that the whole squad is keen to rectify last season's mistakes.

"We watched the Tribhuvan team beat the Sri Lankan team (SL Police FC) and they played quite well. You can see their unity, and it's not going to be easy. Also, it's more about grasping what the coach wants from us, and we are going to take one game at a time," he said as quoted by Times of India.

"I hope to make the cut first. You can feel the after effects of COVID-19. You really have to be careful and start slowly," he added.

The 36-year-old who is India's all-time highest goalscorer had a middling ISL season and he will be counted upon to lead from the front, especially since the club tend to struggle to score goals in his absence.