Sporting Clube de Goa lie second on the league table after 15 rounds of matches. Credit for their dream start to the I-League campaign this term has gone to coach Oscar Bruzon who instead chose to highlight the contributions of several others who have helped.
“I want to tell one thing. All of you (media) are treating me very well with articles. So I want to change that by saying that it's not about me. I came here and the team is working - this is the work of everyone and not just me.
“Every time you (media) are telling 'Oscar, Oscar, Oscar'. So I am not happy with that. I must tell that the guys are working perfectly. The management is working perfectly. The technical staff understands very well and works in a line. Everybody is working in the said line and that is the secret of our success,” he said.
He mentioned that even club president Peter Vaz is to be praised for sharing his experiences and backing the technical staff to make the decisions.
“It’s not about me, about our practice or whatever. It's that everybody knows perfectly what their task in the team is, especially our president (Peter Vaz) as he is the one giving the guidelines for everyone to adhere to as a club.
“I am making the difference, Victorino [Fernandes] is making the difference, Jovel [Martins] is making the difference, the president is making the difference - all of us are making the difference, but maybe I am more visible because I am here (addressing the media).”
The Flaming Oranje are a mere three points behind Bengaluru FC but the former has a game in hand. Do Sporting feel pressure going into the match as they have to win in order to keep their place in the top three intact?
“No pressure for us. Our objective is to remain in the top five. I will never talk about winning the I-League till maybe the last three or five games. I hope that we can be in a position of doing that, but for the moment our objective is to be in the top five team.”
Boima Karpeh has scored seven goals in eleven matches, which is a decent goal scoring record but given the number of chances created by Sporting, the Australian has been wasteful in front of goal on numerous occasions.“Boima is a working a lot and also needs to work a lot on his finishing. However, I cannot say anything negative about Boima. He's very committed and is working very hard. We're trying to have finishing practice sessions with him. Finishing is not an easy task. So the problem with Boima is that if he doesn't work or doesn't fight for the high ball or doesn't play one-twos and given that he is not a playmaker - then we have a problem.”
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