Vastavam web: Familiar foes FC Goa and ATK will cross swords in the Super Cup here tomorrow, aiming to improve on their showings in the Indian Super League. The mainstay of FC Goa defence, Bruno Pinheiro, see the the tournament as “an opportunity to repay the fans” who had backed the team throughout the season.”Nevertheless, they backed us throughout and now we have to replay them”, the Portuguese defender said.
Coach Derrick Pereira summed up the ISL season well and stated that the players have synchronised well with gaffer Sergio Lobera, who helped them reach the semifinals.”We had a decent season having reached the top four, especially after last season when we finished with the wooden spoon. Sergio Lobera brought in his football acumen and a fantastic set of players gelled well with his style.” “ISL is past now and we’re focusing on tomorrow’s game. I take every game as a different story. ATK have regrouped under their new coach. Their motivation level must be very high. We must rely on our strengths to get the better of them,” Pinheiro said.
He added, “This is the first instance of this tournament happening in the country. It’ll be a major honour for us to win it and etch our name in the history book.”Assistant coach Bastob Roy was quoted as saying in the pre-match press conference, “We have come here to win. We believe in our abilities and we know if we perform to our potential, we can win tomorrow’s match against FC Goa.”