'By beating the champions, we are champions' - Sporting assistant coach Alex Alvares

The Flaming Oranje completed a hat-trick of wins over other Goan sides as they trumped the reigning champions by a single goal at the Duler Stadium in Goa....
Once prime contenders for relegation, Sporting Clube de Goa are now on the rise after picking up 16 out of a possible 18 points from the last six games. Coach Oscar Bruzon, who took over from Ekendra Singh, has certainly brought out the better side of this Goan outfit. The Spaniard saw his team defeat the reigning champions Dempo by a solitary Rowilson Rodrigues own goal to propel his side into sixth place, five points behind Pune FC. Sporting now will face ONGC FC next at the Duler Stadium.

"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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