Kerala Blasters relegated Mumbai City FC to their first loss of the third season of the Indian Super League (ISL) as they themselves picked up their first win on Friday, thanks to Michael Chopra's 58th minute winner.
Speaking after the game, the Indian-origin Englishman said that it felt great to break his duck in the ISL, as he netted his first across two seasons (first and third season) for the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned franchise.
"I've been waiting two years to score this goal. It's a great feeling and I'm emotional at the moment. In the 2014 ISL final (vs Atletico de Kolkata), the goalkeeper pulled off a stunning save. It happened in the last match also. Today, in the first half as well. I was thinking when am I ever going to score. But the chance came in the 2nd half.
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"The main thing was this goal was for the team. It was because the other players were doing their job, I was able to score. I'm not the hero here. We've got everybody playing their roles. The staff, the other players and we've all stuck together," said the blond-haired Chopra who has 'Rocky' emblazoned on his shirt.
When egged on as to what the team did differently to break their three-game winless run, he said that they are a getting better as they spend more time with each other.
"We are just a team of players playing together. We were very comfortable in passing today and you could see the belief in our game. We are a team of good players and we finally had a chance to show the people what to do. The more we play together, the better we are going to get. Now that one's gone in, there will be more follow," replied the former Newcastle United frontman.
Kerala Blasters, sitting on four points in as many games, face off against Antonio Habas' FC Pune City in their next game, an away fixture, on Monday.