ISL 2018-19: FC Pune City’s Emiliano Alfaro - We will give our best, I promise

Emiliano Alfaro opined that a change in coach does not affect the players in a team as it is a part of their job to adjust to new philosophies…

Emiliano Alfaro was the highest goal scorer for FC Pune City last season in the Indian Super League (ISL) as he netted nine times in 19 matches. He played a very important role in Pune reaching the playoffs for the first time since the inception of the league.

The Uruguayan striker decided to stay at the club for one more season and is planning to go a step further from what they achieved last season in ISL.

Alfaro suggested that they are not under any pressure to replicate their performance from last season. He said, “I don’t think there is any pressure. We have a good team and a good coaching staff. Our target is to reach the semifinals first. We have to go step-by-step. We will give our best, I promise.”

Pune City parted ways with Serbian coach Ranko Popovic at the end of last season and replaced him with Spanish coach Miguel Angel Portugal who was in charge of Delhi Dynamos last season.

Popovic FC Pune City

When asked about the change in personnel at the helm, he replied, “This is part of our job. This happens in football. One season you are under one coach and then again, another season under a new coach. You have to adjust and work hard to understand the philosophy of a new coach.”

The South American forward also mentioned that the weather in India does not bother him anymore as it used to during his first season.

“It was difficult initially as the cultures are totally different. But now there is no problem. I started playing for NorthEast United in 2016. I have played in Dubai also and the weather there is quite similar to India. So that is not a problem for me,” said the Pune City striker.

On the general standard and improvement of Indian players over the years in ISL, Alfaro opined, “I can see so many young talents are coming in. I like this. There are some very good players in Pune City. The players try to improve. They listen and try to understand everything from what the experienced players share.”