At the age of 35, Sunil Chhetri understands he does not have many matches left for the national group, hence at the turn of the new year, the talisman Indian football team captain wants to work harder on his game as he attempts to guide the team into the 2023 Asian Cup in China.”I understand that I don’t have lots of matches left to play my nation,” Chhetri said on Friday.”There is no point in jumping the gun. Hence, personally I want to take one game at a time,” explained Chhetri who is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo on the record of busy international scorers in world football. Chhetri, India’s album goal-scorer, was dubbed by India head coach Igor Stimac as “with the body of a 29-year old”. “I want to work harder now,” he quipped when pushed about Stimac’s comment.”As a team, we need to win as many games as possible. The eventual objective is to be eligible for AFC Asian Cup China 2023. We will need to be constantly qualifying for the continental championships and there may be no compromise on that facet. The belief in the squad is unmistakable. There is no reason why people can’t be in China,” he added.”I am so proud that at my heart we’ve got 5-6 players playing for the nation. It would be great if we could add to that number. It’s important we continue doing exactly what we’re doing. Most importantly we could never find stagnant or complacent,” explained Chhetri who plies his trade for Indian Super League (ISL) champions Bengaluru FC.”At Bengaluru FC we’ve done well domestically. We want to continue the trend domestically, and most certainly wish to succeed in Asia. There’s an opportunity knocking at our doors this year too, and we will need to catch it,” Chhetri said of his aspirations with the team. Chhetri, who has 72 goals to his name, admitted that he plans to become a much better person than what he was in 2019.”Personally, there’s no stop to be a better human being. Little by little, perhaps not by making large promises, I want to be calmer, read more, invest more time with my nearest and dearest, and be more mindful about nature and the environment.”There may be no stop to find out about various cultures by travelling to various areas. And, whatever comes your way, continue the healthy eating habits.”