We were hurting, but now it feels good: Sunil Chhetri on Bengaluru FC's resurgence
“We were hurting, but now it feels good” said the Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri in a post-match interview after his team’s 3-1 victory over Jamshedpur FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday.
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After a slow start to their season, BFC have remained unbeaten in their last nine matches. This form takes the Blues into the top four and only three points behind table-toppers Hyderabad FC, whom they face in their next match.
Chhetri though doesn't want to get too carried away with his team's form and admits that this season the race for the semi-final spots is very open, “It is too cramped up. Any team can win two games and they are right into the top four”, said the striker. The top four battle just makes their next match against Hyderabad FC a massive occasion.
A key focus in that game will be on Sunil Chhetri and Bartholomew Ogbeche, who are joint top goal scorers in Hero ISL history, with 49 goals each.
“Your record should be safe from me” was tweeted by Sunil Chhetri when Ogbeche became the top goalscorer in Hero ISL. But, that was not the case. A goal by the 37-year-old against JFC saw him go level with Ogbeche.
Congratulations Bart Ogbeche on getting to the big number last night. Phenomenal feat achieved by a phenomenal striker. Going by how many I've missed this season, your record should be safe from me for some time, my friend.😉— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) February 1, 2022
However, becoming the all-time top goalscorer remains at the bottom of Chhetri’s concerns, “It's not in my head even now. The kind of season that we are having, the most important thing is three points”, said the BFC captain.
“See you there, Bart”, said Sunil Chhetri who cannot wait to take on Bartholomew Ogbeche, when the Blues lock horns with Hyderabad FC on Friday, in what is set to be a mouth-watering clash. A victory for either side could not only widen the gap between them on the Hero ISL table but could also separate the two veteran strikers in the top goalscorer chart.