3/31/2018 1:53:08 AM (GMT+3)

Super Cup best opportunity to bounce back, says Chhetri

Super Cup best opportunity to bounce back, says Chhetri

KOLKATA, India: Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri said the Super Cup in Odhisa will be the best opportunity for the side to bounce back after failing to win the Indian Super League (ISL).

“We won the Federation Cup in Odhisa last year, and also won against Jamshedpur in the ISL. We're going into a new tournament and against teams we may never have played before. So it’s exciting,” said Chhetri.

The Blues take on Gokulam Kerala FC in their Super Cup opening match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar on Sunday.

“Gokulam are a good side. They’ll be tough to face. We played them in the pre-season. They were a quality team then and I'm sure they've only improved,” said India’s all-time top-scorer.

“All the players struggled for the first few days, but it’s sunk in. I've learned to move on from defeat and pick myself back up, but this game was different. It stayed on and it will for a long time. The Cup was something we really wanted to win and losing the way we did was a tough pill to swallow,” he added.

Bengaluru will also travel to face Aizawl FC in Guwahati in their second Group E AFC Cup.

“The coach has been very fortunate to be able to pick two teams this season. One for the ISL and another for the AFC Cup. Juggling the teams has been important because of the number of games we've had to play, and it shows the balance in the team. Every player on this squad is pushing each other to become better and that is very important at any successful football club,” added the 33-year-old.