‘We shall employ a good style and play to win’ – East Bengal’s new coach Marcos Falopa looks forward to his stint with the club

In an exclusive chat with Goal, Falopa spoke of how he was looking forward to the challenge of adding to East Bengal's rich collection of trophies while stamping his own mark...

East Bengal’s search for a new coach finally came to an end, when they named Brazilian Marcos Falopa as their new head coach for next season.

Speaking exclusively to Goal, the former Brazilian national team assistant coach spoke of his excitement at joining the Kolkatan outfit. He stated, “I am very glad to join this big club in India, with professional proposals. They have a good management and players too.”

East Bengal was known to adopt a pragmatic playing style under Trevor Morgan. While fans are hoping that Falopa infuses some Samba magic in the squad, the coach himself was loathe in making any such promises, and pointed out that results would be all that would matter. The 64 year old veteran also refused to mull over whether it would be possible for him to instill his work ethics in a squad that has already been largely picked for next season.

“We will see about this (Players suitability to his playing style).We have to play in our own style. That mean according to the characteristics of the players. No Samba magic (will be involved), but we shall employ a good style and play to win,” the Brazilian told Goal.

The Red and Gold had a trophy-laden spell under Trevor Morgan, although the I-League continued to elude them. Falopa brushed aside any chance of him being under any sort of pressure, while pointing out that he too had joined the club to win trophies, for which everyone related to the team would have to work hard.

“Certainly, we try to win all the tournaments. For that we have to work very hard and with discipline. The club is doing a good job and we will try to continue (on the path) of success and (look) to do much better (in the future).”

Finally the coach looked forward to the club’s AFC Cup campaign, something which spurred him to join East Bengal. Like most of the Red and Gold faithful, Falopa stated that he too wants to win the tournament, and remarked, “Yes, when we play we play for win and for that we have to work, work and work!”


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