I am sure India's youth teams are going to achieve bigger things in future: Sunil Chhetri
Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri is highly impressed with the country's U-16 and U-20 sides, who have punched above their weight in recent times, and said they are capable of achieving bigger things in the future.
Asked about the players representing the youth teams, Chhetri said, "U-16 team in totality, of course, the U-19 teams is also doing well, great result against Argentina, something they should be really proud of.
"But the U-16 team is amazing, you should watch them play. We watched some videos of them, some game plans and they are amazing. (Coach) Bibiano (Fernandes) is doing a great job with those kids and I just hope, touch wood, I just hope, they can keep improving from what they are.
"I am pretty sure they are going to achieve bigger things in the coming years.
India's all-time highest scorer, who is also among the top five in international football, said they are looking forward to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
"The aim is the 2019 Asian Cup and before that, we have got a couple of matches which we will try our best to win and improve and eventually to the Asian Cup. The players are going to give everything they have got when the tournament comes," the 34-year-old striker said.
"But I will again say that it's one of the major things we are doing good, but we all have to come together, if Indian football has to grow every avenue of Indian football will have to come together and do their bit."
Having entered the final as one of the most consistent sides in their last ISL, Bengaluru FC lost to Chennaiyin FC in the summit showdown.
"The fact that every team wants to beat us, the fact that every team wants to come and take a point against us, last years we some mediocre performances of other teams but when they came and played against us they looked a different team," Chhetri said.
The ISL will be broadcast live on Star Sports.