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More matches, exposure has improved Blue Tigers: Bhaichung Bhutia

New Delhi [India], Aug 23 (ANI): Former Indian striker Bhaichung Bhutia believes that more matches and exposure had helped Blue Tigers to improve and get better over time.

Bhutia, the first Indian to have 100 international caps to his name, spoke about the changes he has seen in Indian football since he hung up his boots in 2011.

“The kind of support, the platforms, the level of competition, the players, the coaching staff — all are much, much better than what we got previously. Now, the number of matches played by the National Team is three or four times the number we played in the initial stages,” Bhutia told AIFF TV.

“We had fewer games in comparison and often would get drawn against tough teams in qualification games. Players now are getting many more matches and so much exposure. It has helped them to improve and get better over time,” he added.

The talismanic striker, who made his Indian senior national team debut in 1995 shared his views on the positive impact made by the introduction of the Indian Super League, which began in 2014 and has now seen six editions being held.

“With the ISL coming in, you can see that the infrastructure, training grounds, matches, coaching, and quality of pitches are of much higher standards. In my time, we would have some difficult pitches to play on where the ball did not even roll. However, I have many great memories of those matches and I thoroughly enjoyed playing,” he…


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