The future is bright, feel Baichung and team

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Updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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The Indian footballers could be seen working out to Hindi music and that is not something you would expect. But then, this isn't your average Indian football team. This is a new breed of footballers with a new coach and a captain with much to prove. "It has been a good experience. It has been a learning experience and the way football is played today, you obviously learn a lot and become more aggressive. You become more positive as a person as well," said Baichung Bhutia, captain of the Indian football team. The Indian team is still on quite a high after their first overseas win any in competition in over 30 years and Baichung feels its just the start of good things for Indian football. And the Captain isn't the only one who's positive about the new developments. "Well, now the future is very bright. Good money is there and since we have won the LG Cup, people know about us and about the Indian Football team. So the future is pretty good," felt Abhishek Yadav, a member of the Indian team. Baichung feels that credit for this new found confidence can soley be give to coach Englishman Stephen Constantine who seems to have bough a new spirit and enthusiasm into the players. "His training tactics are good. The formation we are playing is good. He is young and aggressive and he has ambition. We don't need Guus Hiddink or anybody. We need somebody young and who has aggression," said Baichung. The team's next assignment is a tour of England and then it is the Asian games. And with the new coach insisting on better hotels, better food and better exposure trips for the team, it seems like for once its not a bad time to be an Indian footballer.

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