Bangalore: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri said playing against arch-rivals Pakistan was "always special", as his team geared up for a two-match series starting on Sunday.
The ace striker also hoped the short series would help improve the political climate between the hostile neighbours. “All the matches that I have played against them (Pakistan) have been much more than a normal game and both the sides (are) aware of it,” Chhetri said.
“For them too, this is a special game. An Indo-Pak clash is always special.” India suspended bilateral sporting ties with its neighbour after the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, blamed on militants from Pakistan.
The Indian cricket team is yet to play a full bilateral series against Pakistan since. The football series offers the teams an opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses ahead of the Asian Games in South Korea next month.