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AFC Asian Cup Qualifier: Chhetri Says Playing Against a Weak Side Doesn't Guarantee Win

They might be favourites in a key clash against Macau but India football captain Sunil Chhetri said they can't afford to be complacent since qualification for AFC Asian Cup is at stake.

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Updated:October 11, 2017, 9:31 AM IST
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AFC Asian Cup Qualifier: Chhetri Says Playing Against a Weak Side Doesn't Guarantee Win
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Bengaluru: They might be favourites in a key clash against Macau but India football captain Sunil Chhetri said they can't afford to be complacent since qualification for AFC Asian Cup is at stake.

"The only thing which we are talking about in the dressing room is how to qualify in Asia Cup, that's it. And, once we do that we will be happy," Chhetri told reporters on the eve of AFC Asian Cup Qualifier tie here.

"Just because we are on the top in Group A, there is a buzz that we would win tomorrow's match. I have seen many things not happening when I thought it would. Therefore, I would prefer to be calm in tomorrow's match," he said.

"Some sides may look weaker on paper, but that does not guarantee a win."

Talking about the significance of Asia Cup, Chhetri said it is a massive and the biggest tournament for any Asian country to participate in.

Replying to a query, Chhetri said the team has a strategy to break the defence of Macau since it was too good in the first half of their previous match.

Asked whether he would field young players in the next two inconsequential games if they register a win tomorrow, coach Stephen Constantine said there are no inconsequential games when someone represents India.

"I will always look at playing youth in the Indian national team and any other national team, for that matter," he added.
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