We have 50-50 chance of making it to second round: Bhutia

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jan 2019 11:12:42


 

NEW DELHI,

I feel it’s a good group to be in — with Thailand, UAE and Bahrain. I think we have a 50-50 chance of making it to the second round.
— Baichung Bhutia.

FORMER captain Bhaichung Bhutia says India have a 50-50 chance of making it to the second round of the upcoming AFC Asian Cup. The continental tournament is starting from January 5 in the UAE and will be held till February 2.
With Sunil Chhetri at the helm, Bhutia was asked about India’s chances in the tournament.


“I feel it’s a good group to be in — with Thailand, UAE and Bahrain. I think we have a 50-50 chance of making it to the second round,” the 42-year-old Bhutia said.
“It will all depend on the hard work the boys put in, and a little bit of luck. I urge the team to give their all, and leave no stone unturned. They should enjoy the atmosphere of being part of such a big tournament,” he was quoted as saying by the All India Football Federation’s official website.
The Sikkimese Sniper, as he is fondly called for his exploits upfront in his heydays, is “lucky and privileged” to have played alongside both I M Vijayan and Chhetri.
“I feel lucky and privileged to have played with both. When I made my debut, Vijayan was a senior player and I was very happy to play under his guidance, combine with him on the pitch, and get his support.


“When Sunil came in, he was the younger one. We had a great understanding and a healthy competition amongst ourselves,” Bhutia said. Bhutia has been part of quite a few momentous victories with the national team, often leading them from the front, but he picks securing qualification for the 2011 Asian Cup as the best. Eight years ago, he didn’t have a great time in the main tournament though, staying out of action for a major part due to an injury.