Lallianzuala Chhangte, Mumbai City FC's highly talented winger, was instrumental in his team's successful Shield-winning campaign during the 2022-23 season of the Indian Super League (ISL). His impressive performance of 10 goals and six assists contributed significantly to their victory.

This season, the 26-year-old from Mizoram has made remarkable strides in his career and is now widely regarded as one of the most skilled and preferred players in both his club and the national team. His abilities as a forward have been widely praised, and his agility, speed, and precision on the field are assets that make him stand out. 

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Chhangte's performance has been consistently exceptional, and his work ethic and commitment to the sport have been unwavering. His contribution to Mumbai City FC and his national team has earned him a reputation as a reliable and valuable player who can be counted on to deliver his best on the field.

Chhangte is widely regarded as the top candidate to lead the Indian national team's offensive line. He is known for his exuberant flair and remarkable footwork, as well as his drive and determination, which is evident in the high work-rate he displays every minute he is on the field.

Lallianzuala Chhangte recently opened up during an interview with Firstpost about his role in the Islander's success over the years, which coincides with his rise to prominence. He also provided insights into India's disappointing performance in the AFC Asian Cup.

Chhangte discussed the recent appointment of their new manager, Petr Kratky, and the positive impact it has had on the team. Mumbai City FC had a tough time in the AFC Champions League and struggled in the ISL for a few weeks. However, the team has since regained their form after the last international break, winning six out of the last seven matches and drawing just one. 

"A lot has happened at the club lately. There have been quite a few changes, with Des (Buckingham) and some players leaving and new ones joining. However, I believe our new coach, Petr (Kratky), has played a crucial role. He’s brought in a lot of positivity, passion, and a winning mentality. We’ve shown resilience in our recent matches, often coming back from behind to secure victories. We were down against Punjab FC and then came back to win," he told Firstpost.

"Even the new players have gelled in well with the team and the coach wants us to play together. I think we deserve to be where we are and there’s still a long way to go. The best thing at Mumbai right now is the belief that we can come back from anywhere," he added.

He was asked about his recent success in the last few years and his thoughts on where he sees himself in the future, particularly as the future lead forward in the Blue Tigers' offensive department.

"I am going in the right direction. I had some setbacks a few weeks back (at the AFC Asian Cup), but for me, the important thing is to continue the progress. Of course, there will be criticism, there will be lots of pressure and there will be lots of expectation. And I knew that. All this is going to come and I can handle that," he said.

For me, the most important thing is to be the best version of myself every single day. I have aims and objectives, where I want to go. But I think most importantly, it’s about having a goal, day in and day out. Trying to be a better version of yourself every single day, not just in a match," he added.

The 26-year-old winger shared his thoughts on the AFC Asian Cup campaign, which did not meet the expectations.

"The Asian Cup was a valuable experience for us because we got to play against some of the best countries in Asia. We have not performed as per the fans’ expectations and we take full responsibility for that. We faced challenges including injuries. However, the Asian Cup highlighted areas where we need to improve, both individually and collectively. We need to use this experience to do well in the future," Chhangte explained.