The former assistant coach of India admits that there is pressure to perform with the Goan giants but hinted that he knew what he was getting in to...Churchill Brothers SC head coach Mariano Dias stated that while the club management hasn't set any particular targets for him to meet, he is well aware that the Goan side have to do well this season in the I-League.
Speaking to the media at a press meet held by the Sports Journalist Association of Goa (SJAG), he said, "Being the head coach of the team, there is a pressure and when you are given an assignment, you have to perform."
"It is all part of the job where, even if you do well - you might not be there for the next season, even if you don't do well - you may be there. So it depends on the management. It's not that I have [full] control, but Subhash Bhowmick (technical director) and myself as the coach - we work together."
Dias went to claim that his side are ready for the I-League challenge having learnt from their mistakes in the Federation Cup.
"We are already prepared after playing in a major tournament like Federation Cup. We have done, I'm not saying very well, but quite well. As the team played in the semi-finals and lost against East Bengal, so there are some ups and downs which we will rectify in the I-League," he said.
"After scoring nine goals in three matches, we could not produce a single goal in the semi-final although we had good scoring chances [against East Bengal]. That was the only flipside," he highlighted.
With regard to the Lebanese additions to his side, namely striker Akram Moghrabi and defender Bilal Najjarin, Dias believes that they can play a vital role this season in scripting Churchill's success.
"Besides Henry [Antchouet] and Beto (Roberto Mendes da Silva), we have two good foreigners from Lebanon who play for their country - Akram and Bilal who will be of great help to the team," he said.
However he did mention that his team would miss their services when the duo are away on national duty on FIFA matchdays. "It's going to affect our team when they (Akram and Bilal) leave for the national duty."
Contrary to security concerns raised by several Goan clubs, Dias feels that Vasco's Tilak Maidan could spur the players' to perform better.
"I think at the Vasco stadium the support of the fans will raise the energy of the footballers to perform well as the stands are very close (to the pitch).
"As far as security is concerned, I think we will not have any problems because spectators are very good. They do not interfere with the players. They will not throw any bottles. I request all the fans to watch the games sportingly."
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