"The boys came with a promise to win. The team is shaping up well. We did well against all the good teams. First Churchill, then Salgaocar and now Dempo. So if we beat the champions, we are the champions," quipped Sporting assistant coach Alex Alvares at the post match briefing. Head coach Oscar Bruzon was unavailable as he was sent off from the technical area for alleged improper conduct by referee A.Pillai.
When asked on further clarification on the incident Alvares replied, “It was a misunderstanding. The referee said something in Hindi which was misinterpreted after the coach claimed that he could come out of the technical area if someone was injured. Our coach doesn’t know Hindi at all."
Alvares was extremely happy on working with the Spaniard and parised his senior.
“We work together. He is a nice guy. He asks questions and gets ideas from us. They all merge together and that’s what I like about him. He’s very open to new ideas. It’s good for Indian football that he is here. The boys are working very hard," said Alex.
"He had hurt his backbone, I think. He had a shoulder problem before this (game) already," said the assistant coach when queried about the injury to midfielder Adil Khan in the 39th minute when he attempted to clear the ball.
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