BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
Sporting Clube de Goa have done ever so well to qualify for the semi-final of the Federation Cup as they progressed from a group which had the likes of Bengaluru FC, East Bengal and Rangdajied United.
Amongst the teams who made it into the semis, Sporting are the only side who are performing well in the I-League as well.
“Every day, we practice hard and every game is a great opportunity to raise the level of our performance. The guys understand this point well and this is the engine that moves all of us to reach success.
“Most of the players have played in the group stage and that is a good sign that everyone is strong, united and ready to compete for a position in the line-up,” said coach Oscar Bruzon.
He mentioned that for the semi-final, he would tweak his tactics in order to exploit the weaknesses, if any, of Dempo SC.
“In all three games of the group stage, we were working according to our game model (pass-and-move). So I am fully glad to see that the results come when you work and believe with a high ambition.
“We will make some modifications to reduce Dempo's strengths and to exploit their weaknesses, but always being loyal to our game model.”
On being asked specifically if he felt that Sporting could win the Federation Cup, the Spaniard said, “I feel that this season we are capable to win at least one of the Indian major trophies, but for that we definitely need to reduce mistakes committed in past games both individually and as a group.
“Sporting are ready to fight to be the best and to be a reference team in India. I am not talking only about the professional squad but also about our structure in the youth teams.”
Bruzon once again stressed on how important it is for the club management and the technical staff to be on the same page as it ensured that a team is on the right path to progress.
“The secret is the consonance between the management and technical staff. We must not forget that the objective set for this season is finishing top five in the I-League and it's not going to be easy because the opponents' level is improving. We have exactly the same batch of players from the first day of pre-season, in July, and it helps in strengthening ‘the group’ feeling.”
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