India captain Sunil Chhetri backs the squad’s younger core to play out of their skins and take a look at their Asian Cup opponents after they kick-start their marketing campaign on Sunday.
Coach Stephen Constantine has chosen a 23-man squad whose common age is under 25 as India look to enhance on their final look in 2011 after they had been knocked out within the group stage.
“Aside from me and Gurpreet [Singh], it is a first-time expertise for all else,” Chhetri instructed the All India Soccer Federation web site.
“Everybody is able to seize this chance.
“I can guarantee you that it will not be a straightforward job for different groups to face us.
“We’re a workforce who hate to lose, and we have now confirmed it in current occasions. We’re working as per the plan.”
India face Thailand of their Group A opener in Abu Dhabi on Sunday earlier than taking over hosts United Arab Emirates (Jan. 10) and Bahrain (Jan. 14).
“In the meanwhile, our sole focus is on our opening fixture, the sport towards Thailand,” Chhetri stated. “We all know that Thailand shall be a really powerful opponent and we’re concentrating solely on them.
“We’re not wanting [at] something past that. There are matches towards UAE and Bahrain lined up however we are going to take into consideration them solely after they come.”