‘I’m excited to play’ : Lallianzuala Changte speaks ahead of India’s international friendlies against Oman and United Arab Emirates

India National football Team forward Lallianzuala Changte is ready for the international friendlies and believes that youngsters in the squad are extremely talented.

India team coach Igor Stimac
India team coach Igor Stimac

Lallianzuala Chhangte is extremely excited about being able to be a part of the Indian National Team squad which will be facing UAE and Oman in international friendlies on the 25th and 29th March respectively. He’s ready to battle out the competition for a place in the starting line up.

Lallianzuala Changte is ready to compete for a place in the starting line up

The star campaigner of the Chennayin FC had an average season as he was able to score just four goals in the entirety of the season. Chennayin FC themselves had a below par year with pretty average performance throughout the tournament. They finished 8th in the points table after 20 matches with the same amount of points. Lallianzuala Changte himself squandered many opportunities. He had a total of 38 shots on goal but could convert only 4.

Changte says that it’s ak honour to wear the badge for India and is happy to be training with so many new faces in the squad. However he acknowledges that there will be competition for a place as there is new blood in the team now. Lallianzuala Changte believes that UAE and Oman – amongst the best sides in Asia will prove to be a good learning curve for India as they will put against the best.

Personally, a lot to learn from a season like the one we just had. We worked hard but couldn’t replicate the good bits from training, in the match situations. We don’t have any excuses. We just have to treat it as one big learning experience. For me, I know I will work even harder and come back stronger with Chennaiyin FC next season. But now the focus is entirely on our national camp and getting back into the groove with the squad,” Chhangte said.

“First and foremost, I am my own competition,” stated Chhangte. “And I couldn’t be happier for my compatriots, who all had brilliant seasons personally and for their teams. At the end of the day, to see everyone grow is good news for Indian football, irrespective of the clubs we play for. At the same time, healthy competition is an absolute must.

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