Lallianzuala Chhangte, hailing from Mizoram, has emerged as a standout player in the forward line of the Indian football team. The winger has consistently impressed fans with his exceptional pace and footwork, showcasing his skills at both the club and national levels.

Since making his national team debut in 2015, Chhangte has undergone significant growth. With over 30 appearances for the Indian football team, he currently stands out as one of the most dynamic and talented players in the national setup, bringing rare attacking qualities with his speed and flair.

In a recent episode of the In The Stands show, hosted by Suyash Upadhyaya, Chhangte provided insights into his football career, experiences with different Indian Super League (ISL) clubs, and his time with the national team.

Chhangte has represented four ISL clubs throughout his career: NorthEast United FC, the former Delhi Dynamos FC, Chennaiyin FC, and Mumbai City FC. He reached the ISL playoffs with Dynamos and Chennaiyin FC and secured his first ISL silverware during the 2022-23 season, winning the ISL League with Mumbai City FC.

Reflecting on his early struggles at NorthEast United FC, Chhangte spoke about his determination to overcome challenges and prove his capabilities in the league.

"While I was at NorthEast United FC, I wasn't playing enough, and I didn't get sufficient chances," he shared.

"From that point, I resolved to work harder and prove to myself that I am capable of playing in the ISL."

Chhangte joined Chennaiyin FC in 2019, becoming a key player under head coach Owen Coyle. He played a pivotal role in the 2019-20 season, helping Chennaiyin FC reach the final and scoring seven goals, marking his best season in terms of goals since his ISL debut in 2016.

Praising Coyle's ability to recognize hard work on the training pitch and trust in his players, Chhangte stated, "The best thing about Owen Coyle was that he recognized who works hard on the training pitch. He doesn't judge a player solely by their abilities and talent."

Moving to Mumbai City FC during the ISL 2021-22 season on a loan deal, Chhangte revitalised his career under former head coach Des Buckingham. After adapting to Buckingham’s system, he was signed permanently and played a crucial role in Mumbai City FC’s success during the ISL 2022-23 season, contributing 10 goals and six assists. Chhangte received the Hero of the League award for his outstanding contributions. He was also the top scorer for the club as they made it to the Durand Cup 2022 final.

Recalling his initial conversation with Buckingham, Chhangte mentioned, "One of the reasons I joined Mumbai City FC was the day I had a call with Des (Buckingham). He told me that he was going to make me one of the best players in India, and he stuck to his words."

Chhangte made his debut for the Indian football team in 2015 against Sri Lanka during the South Asian Football Federation Championship, coming on as a substitute. He featured off the bench again in the second game of the tournament against Nepal and struck a brace, inspiring the Blue Tigers to a 4-1 win.  

Reflecting on his first goal against Nepal, he expressed, “Words couldn't describe how happy I was to score for the country.”

A vital part of the Indian football team in 2023, Chhangte was part of the squad that won three trophies - the Tri Nation International Friendly Football Tournament, the Intercontinental Cup, and the SAFF Championship. He emphasised the positive atmosphere within the team during this period and the valuable lessons learned from fellow squad members.

“When it comes to the national team, you are representing 1.4 billion people, so you can't let your mind wander. You have to be focused," he explained. "

We have learned so many things from each other, sharing our deepest regrets. This mental unity translates into the game, where you fight for me, I fight for you."