BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
Sporting Clube de Goa face the challenge of East Bengal, Bengaluru FC and Rangdajied United FC in group B of the Federation Cup that is scheduled to kick-off on 14 January in Kerala.
The Goan team's coach, Oscar Bruzon Barreras, has stated that the team who makes it through from their group will have a good chance of winning the tournament.
"Any of these three teams are strong from our batch. It will be positive for us in case we go through to the knockout rounds, as we will face maximum demanding games in the group stage itself. The winner of our group will possibly win the the Federation Cup," the Spaniard told Goal.
"The team (Sporting Goa) has been working under the 'periodisation' model (of fitness coach Raymond Verheijen) after the [Christmas] break of one week, which also included football sprints and complementing it with five gym sessions adapted and personalised for the players," Bruzon revealed.
"We will reach the first game of the Federation Cup against Bangalore (Bengaluru FC) on our best momentum. Concerning the diet, the physios (physiotherapists) have designed a detailed food program again personalised for every player and checking the weights every alternate day. I can tell that we reached our weight objetives in all cases."
The Sporting Clube de Goa tactician wants to win the coveted Cup tournament for the club as they have never been successful in it.
"The Federation Cup has never been won by Sporting but following our last performances and results, I can guarantee that we are ready to compete for it.
"We have been working with this same group since the first week July. We want to start the year at our best level and really willing to share with the Sporting family and fans a major Indian trophy," Bruzon signed off on a positive note.
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