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FC Goa coach Sergio assures an attacking brand of football

Bambolim: From Samba to tiki-taka, FC Goa has gone to a major transition in just one year! With Zico leaving the club, it was sure that the new coach would adapt to his own style of play and the gaffer Sergio Lobera Rodriguez didn’t wait long to raid the Spanish market to recruit players who would fit into his ‘style of play’.Addressing his first press conference on his arrival from Spain following their preparatory camp, Sergio Lobera stressed on his style of play giving emphasis on possession play and attacking football.“I believe in a brand of attacking football. My team will always hold on to the ball as long as they can and play from behind,” he expressed.FC Goa had a forgetful season three in the ISL wherein they finished bottom of the table, wherein people tagged them and accused Zico of playing ‘dull and boring football’.However, Sergio has made a clear statement that his team won’t sit back and relax instead will attack when they have the ball.
“We are not going to be a team that sits back and plays defensively. When we have the ball, we will look to push forward. Passing is of importance. Moving the ball around is an important aspect of the game and while I don’t believe in doing it excessively, I want the final pass to be into the net of the opposition team,” he expressed.“I have players who can play in number nine position. But for our style of play, there is particular brand of football we are going to execute. For me it’s about having players who can play in multiple positions. We don’t rely on a single player but would want all the players to score. More the players more the options,” he added.Following their successful pre-season camp in Spain where they played five friendlies –winning three and losing two –the Spanish coach expressed his satisfaction over the preparations in Spain and said, “I’m happy with the club’s efforts to take us to Murcia. As of now, results don’t matter,”
“Results will come when the league starts. If we take results from Spain into account, we have to also remember that the teams we played have been playing together for the last four or so months while for us, it was the first time that this set of players played together. In my opinion, we had a fantastic pre-season,” he added.“We have to respect all the opponents but not fear any!” Sergio said.The Gaurs will play three more friendlies before the start of the season against Bengal giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan AC.The first of these friendlies will be played against East Bengal at the Bambolim Athletic Stadium at 6 p.m. on November 3.The match against East Bengal will be played behind closed doors for tactical reasons. The head coach insisted that it was a collective decision and that he has nothing to hide. “We need to get some things right about the team. Hence we took a collective decision to play only this match behind closed doors. Personally, I have nothing to hide. Additionally, we might have some injuries in the team. Some players might miss out on the friendlies due to these knocks but for the ISL, they should all be fit.” he noted. [H]

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