I-League: DSK Shivajians’ Dave Rogers - Want to become the most unique club in India

The English coach heaped praise on former Real Madrid youth product Juan Quero who was instrumental in the team’s first win in the I-League…

DSK Shivajians picked their first full points of the I-League season as they downed Chennai City FC 2-0 at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune on Tuesday evening.

Goals from Kim Song-Yong and Juan Quero were enough to seal three points for the Punekars who had come into the tie on the back of two defeats.

“We dominated the game and were really fired up. This win was long overdue. We didn’t get rewards we deserved earlier. There are no easy games. The boys became men. We have boys that train every day. I see togetherness and hard work. I've been watching Milan (Singh) closely. He can offer a lot. Jerry at left back is still learning. It’s the players who win matches, not formations,” said DSK Shivajians coach Dave Rogers.

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“I don't worry about other clubs. We have some great staff and an owner (Shirish Kulkarni) who is wonderful. He believes what I believe in and wants to develop Indian football. We want to become the most unique club in Indian football,” he added.

Quero was the star performer for the home side as the Spaniard literally dictated play and almost every threatening attack of DSK went through him.

“He oozes energy. He loves playing football. I need to manage him. It was a good opportunity to bring him off. He's not happy, but understands. He’s got lots of charisma. I felt I could get the best out of him. He's lost a lot of his temper. I treat footballers like men. He's trying to learn Hindi. The boys love him and he's pivotal,” explained the coach when asked as to why Quero was substituted in the 65th minute.

He also explained his strategy when it comes to picking players and pointed that reputation doesn’t really hold any importance.

“For me it's not about the names on the back of the shirt, it's about the badge on the shirt. Players must perform on a daily basis. I'm building a club and from scratch to change Indian football,” he mentioned.

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Rogers praised the performance of striker Kim Song-Yong too who got on the score-sheet after being wasteful in their opening two fixtures.

“Kim's work rate was excellent. He is a superb professional and human being. He is the best player at holding the ball up,” he opined.

He didn’t divulge much details on the nature of Subrata Paul’s injury and said, “When he's fit, he'll play.”