Indian iconic striker Sunil Chhetri has called on the country’s supporters to be patient as the team look to end their slump in form in the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers campaign.
The Blue Tigers are mired in their poor run in the continental displays with the Stephen Constantine’s men have lost all five of their games in Group D in second round of qualifying stage.
It led to criticism from disgruntled supporters after seeing their team mathematically eliminated from World Cup but still can qualify for Asian Cup if they could get a victory over Guam in the upcoming match on November 12.
“It’s a transition period for the national team. It’s always difficult,” the 31-year-old told Reuters on the sidelines of a promotional event for his Indian Super League club Mumbai City.
“Sixteen boys have made their India debut in the last couple of months. It will take some time. It’s a period which is going to take a little bit of patience and a little bit of time. It hasn’t been easy. We have to work really hard.
“As players we are trying our best to give as much as possible and I will keep doing that,” Chhetri concluded.