​The past week or so has been a roller-coaster ride for the Indian football team as well as it's fans. 

The Blue Tigers started their AFC Asian Cup campaign with a thumping win over Thailand before falling to a defeat against UAE, but their performances in both those games gained massive respect from the fans and opponent players alike.

While Indian football fans eagerly awaiting their team's final group clash against Bahrain on Monday, AFC's General Secretary Dato Windsor John has joined in the immense praise received by the Blue Tigers in the past few days.

As reported by the ​Indian Express, Windsor told AIFF in an interview, "India has performed commendably in the Asian Cup 2019 and the opening victory against Thailand, which was their first in 55 years in the competition’s history, is testament to the development of Indian football and the continued dedication of the AIFF."

He continued, "Despite their narrow defeat against UAE, they showed great character and resilience to compete against one of the tournament’s heavyweights on home soil and anyone who was there will feel India were a little unfortunate. I believe India can take great pride with their performances."

On being asked if India could indeed be the surprise package of this year's Asian Cup, Windsor stated, "India’s performance may have come as a surprise for some, but at the AFC, we are well aware of the remarkable progress of football in the country over the last decade."

Finally, he was asked about Sunil Chhetri's incredible international goalscoring record to which he replied as he concluded, "Sunil’s record clearly exemplifies his desire and professionalism both on and off the pitch. He has been a proud ambassador of Indian football for club and country and now, with two goals in the UAE, he has proven his abilities to perform on the continent’s ultimate stage."

"I am confident that this achievement will serve as an inspiration to young aspiring footballers in India and on the continent. With hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence, Sunil is a fine example that nothing is impossible.”

India need to avoid defeat against Bahrain in order to qualify for the knockout round of the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in history.