I-League: The Move To Churchill Brothers Was Like A 'Breath Of Fresh Air' For My Career - Beto

Goal.com catches up with Churchill Brothers midfielder Beto as he reveals about life at his new club, ambitions and pre-season progress....
A midfield maestro and arguably I-League's very own 'Wesley Sneijder' with an exceptionally cunning eye towards dead ball situations, Roberto Mendes da Silva or more popularly known as Beto has just about every possible silver-wares under his belt that Indian Football could offer.

Having spent an illustrious six years at Dempo SC, the Brazilian was finally on the move this summer as he sealed a short switch to fellow Goan neighbours Churchill Brothers. In an exclusive interview with Goal.com, we caught up with the I-League veteran as he talked about his life at the new club, memories from the old and most importantly the early season ambitions and progress.

Speaking to Goal.com, Beto revealed that the move to Churchill was indeed like a "fresh air" that he wanted for his career.

"For me it's (the transfer) like a fresh air that I got for my career. I was working for Dempo for the past 6 years and I have always given the best for them. However, I felt this was the right time to move on!"

Churchill Brothers did have an indifferent run last season as they went on to finish fourth in their I-League campaign. And now, having already lost out on the services of their long serving target man Odafe Onyeka Okolie to Mohun Bagan, the club management has looked to rejuvenate the whole side with a completely new set of four foreign players, with an ideal mix of experience and promise, of which Beto forms an integral part.

Indeed, with Henri Antchouet and Antun Kovacic all very much new to the I-League and N.D.Opara not having played for the top clubs, the onus will be on Beto to provide the all important calming influence to the team. A sort of added responsibility perhaps!

However, the ex-Dempo man appeared quite confident as he went on to say that pressure will be no different than that he had at Dempo.

"When you reach at a certain stage of your career, people expect you to play at your best all the time. Even at Dempo the expectations were quite high and here it will be the same also. And more importantly, we have a good group of players, not only foreigners but also Indian players and I believe we will be doing well."

Beto believes Churchill not only has a good set of foreign players but also Indian

Churchill Brothers will be desperate to resume their quest for the I-League this season and which is exactly why it is even more important that the team atmosphere and the pre-season preparations are all up to the mark.

Putting some light on to that very fact, Beto said,"The team atmosphere is very good and we are working hard in the pre-season. Our ambitions are pretty high and we are very much looking forward to the new season."

Further adding, he pointed out the significant role played by the new chief coach Manuel Gomes. The Portuguese joined the club this June taking over the helms from the former caretaker coach Drago Mamic.

"The relationship with the coach is very good. He has a lot of strengths and has a very sound approach. I'm sure he will ensure a very good season for us"

Incidentally, Beto's first match in Churchill colors will be against his former club Dempo SC in the Goa Super Cup match on Thursday.

"My first match for Churchill will be against Dempo this Thursday. Something that I'm looking forward to, will be very interesting!"

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