Oscar Bruzon: Sporting not on the level as before

The Sporting Clube de Goa coach was pleased as his injury plagued team managed to nick a point against Churchill Brothers...

Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a 1-1 draw in an I-League encounter with Churchill Brothers last weekend.

Oscar Bruzon was happy with the effort put in by his team and said, “I’m happy that the boys did all the effort. We are suffering. The second phase has been very difficult for us. Many players are not in their best level and some are injured.

“In the first half we had full control of the ball. We received dangerous counter-attacks from Churchill, they knew perfectly what to do. In the second half Churchill was trying to combine more. We were waiting, we were tired from the first half. I think they have very good players who play vertical and direct. Balwant Singh, Anthony Wolfe and Alesh Sawant are very good players. In the second half we were having possession, but once we put Velito Cruz and Beevan D’Mello on the wing, we could control the game a little bit more.”

The Spaniard refused to comment on the standard of refereeing but stated that it is upto the scribes to write an opinion piece on the same.

“I have already told you that I won’t talk about the referee. It has given nothing positive for me. I prefer you to analyse the game and you can mention that. Sometimes I see in the match report from a journalist in the newspaper, in India everything is descriptive, in which minute what happened. Sometimes you should put more opinion and what is happening on the ground. It’s okay that you are descriptive but I think sometimes you should give some opinion on what is happening on the ground.”

Sporting have been missing the services of several players but the coach refused to put the blame on injuries.

“Victorino Fernandes, Jovel Martins and Matthew Gonsalves are missing. I thought we are missing many many key players. But at the same time, there is no excuse for us. I am only thinking of playing who are playing, for others it is bad luck. I cannot count on them but definitely Sporting is not the same as before the Federation Cup and not the same as the first leg of the league.”

He reiterated that The Flaming Oranje want to finish in the top half of the table and will look to win against Salgaocar FC and Bengaluru FC.

"The priority is the same that is getting into the top five. There was a lot of controversy that I said we were going for the league. From my first day I said that the Sporting should get into the top five and that would be a very ambitious objective. Of course the fans were expecting much more, especially after the good run in the first leg.

"I’m a person that knows very well of what I have, what are our ambitions and objectives. I am technical so being in the top five is a big success for us. We are not thinking about any other thing, the league, the top three, the AFC Cup, nothing.  Last season we were sixth, this season we might be fifth. Next season if I continue here, I want us to be better otherwise there is no motivation for all of us. We want to build this team. At the moment everything is being done towards that and there are improvements.”