BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
Sporting Clube de Goa are set to commence their pre-season training on Sunday with coach Oscar Bruzon expected to return to India this week.
"I will be back in Goa on the 17th and we will start the practice sessions on the 20th. All the players were given a specific training plan for these last two months as per their needs. I hope they are in good shape to start the demanding pre-season," he told Goal.
The Spaniard is unperturbed about the lengthy gap until the I-League season 2014-15 kicks off in January as they shall focus on retaining their Goa Pro League title.
"We will have four months to prepare the I-League and the Federation Cup which are the major competitions. However Sporting is also committed to Goan trophies, especially the Goa Pro League (local league).
“So we will be competing from mid August in this competition (Goa Pro League) and will most probably compete in the Durand Cup which is going be held in Goa. This will be positive for the preparation of the team as we want to work hard on the style we want to implement this season.
"Nevertheless, I agree the preparatory period is going to be too long this season and we have to balance work and rest. October and November will be the most important months of our pre-season," he said.
Besides Bengaluru FC, Pune FC and Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa have decided not to release their players on-loan for the inaugural season of the Indian Super League (ISL).
"Concerning the ISL, I can only say that my thoughts are in line with the club. I prefer to have all the players available for the pre-season rather than letting them go on loan. I think it is an intelligent move from our president Peter Vaz," he opined.
The Flaming Oranje are yet to make some key signings this summer although they have lost out on Dawson Fernandes, who has moved back to his boyhood club Salgaocar FC.
"Regarding the signings, we are still working on the foreigners knowing the positions we want to cover. We will have a lot of new Goan and Indian young players. We are really motivated to work with the lot by giving them a chance to become important players for our club.
"I do not believe in essential or indispensable players and Dawson was not playing regularly last season. I hope he recovers well form his serious injury and wish him all the best at his new club," Bruzon concluded.
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