Rauf Khan is one of the better known players at the second division Indian club that is expected to stage a strong bid for qualification for next season’s I-League campaign.
Pune FC have an English coach in Stewart Hall, who had earlier been an Academy director of English club Birmingham City.
Speaking to Goal.com about Hall, Khan said, “Foreign coaches have a different mentality from Indian coaches. They see all the players to be at the same level.
“He (coach Stewart Hall) treats us all equally. He doesn’t differentiate between big players and small players as he knows that all players try and perform to their best.”
Pune FC have been placed in Group B in the first round. Only two teams from each group will go to the second round and this means that the 2007 established club shall have to fight for one of the two top spots in the group with Amity United Sports Club, ND Heroes, Simla Young and Sesa Academy.
Khan says that they are not taking any team lightly. When asked who he thinks would be their toughest opponents in the group, the former Mohun Bagan player explained, “I haven’t seen the teams in action and if I had, then I would have had a better idea.
“But there are no small or easy teams. We are not taking any team lightly.”
Khan continued, “We have to go step by step. We should try not to lose or draw any game. We have to win all the matches so that our confidence is high. We have to give 100% to each match.”