Delhi Dynamos coach Miguel Angel Portugal dismissed suggestions that star signing Kalu Uche will not be available for their opening Indian Super League (ISL) match against FC Pune City on November 22nd.
The Nigerian picked up a knock last week and has been rested by the Dynamos to recover in time for their game next week.
“There was a little injury but he is fine and will be available for first match. He had a groin injury,” informed Portugal.
He mentioned that their opponents, FC Pune City stick to a particular formation and that Jonatan Lucca has played under his tutelage in Brazil.
“I know the Pune side and their players. I know Lucca who played in Atletico Paranaense with me. Marcelinho is a former Delhi Dynamos player. (Ranko) Popovic plays his team in a 4-3-3 formation. I hope we win against them in the first match. The target is to win obviously. Pune have very good players. I want a winning mentality in my team,” he said.
“I know all the players who played here last season. Lara is in Cordoba. He didn't want to come. I wanted Spanish players because they understand my philosophy.”
The 61-year-old pointed that it would folly to just stick to a particular tactic in football and that a coach needs to always have a alternate plan in the pipeline.
“I like possession but the reason is for better finishing for goals. We don’t want possession for our enjoyment. It depends on the opponent as well. If you have possession you can control the game. It's very important. But the most important is to score goals. In football you cannot stick to one tactics. I compete for winning. Ball possession is important for winning not for enjoyment.”
Portugal is of the opinion that a four-month long ISL should eventually evolve to a nine-month affair starting next season.
“Now the league is better. More team which means it will be more competitive. Last year it was of only three months. It's growing every year which is good for the country. I hope next season the duration of the league increases to nine months. Step-by-step progress is good for Indian football.”