Two league titles in four months give Insa the magical feeling

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Johor Southern Tigers
Natxo Insa is a man in great form after leading two teams to two league titles in two different countries

When Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) confirmed their Super League title on Saturday despite a defeat to Selangor, it was celebratory mood in the JDT camp and for one man in particular - it's the second time in just four months that he will be picking up a winner's medal as league champions.

Ignacio 'Natxo' Insa Bohigues only just arrived in JDT during the mid-season transfer window off the back of playing a big part in Levante finishing as champions of Segunda Division, thus giving them the rights to lock horns with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in the upcoming 2017-18 La Liga campaign.

Despite his relatively short time with the Southern Tigers, Insa's qualities had already made him an indispensable part of the title machine that JDT is. Now a permanent fixture in the starting line-up, Insa's ball control, awareness and his ability to keep his game simple is the reason that JDT's midfield is ticking along nicely.

"For me it's magic. I did it in Spain and I did it here. It's amazing. I have good luck this year. Of course very happy to win the Super League. To do it four times in a row is not easy."

"It's time for us to celebrate and for us to be happy. Now we have a break, we have time for recovery and for family. After that we can come back more stronger," said Insa to Goal.

In that match against Selangor, Insa put in another standout performance in the centre of midfield. On a day where the more flamboyant JDT players like Gonzalo Cabrera, Mohammed Ghaddar and Gabriel Guerra failed to live up to their high standards, Insa continues to be the role model of consistency.

Always ready to receive the ball, Insa made himself available throughout the match. His ability to find space for himself is probably second to none in the league, and that was what allowed him the time to measure up an unstoppable shot that rifled into the net in the first half against Selangor.

As a competitive person, Insa was understandably displeased in the defeat but nevertheless is happy to have been able to help his team achieve their target for the season. Since 2014, there has been no other teams who have got their hands on the Super League title - an unprecedented sequence of success.

"Yes, we are still not 100% happy because we always want win every game. We could have been better. Sometimes you win matches, sometimes you don't."

"But it was important for us to win the league. When I shoot, I know I shoot very well. It is always good and a nice feeling to score," added Insa.

With his brother Kiko Insa already included in the latest Malaysia national team call-up, it is only a matter of time before Natxo himself joins the fray. The delay right now is with the clearance coming from Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Given what he has shown thus far, to have Natxo Insa in the national team midfield will not only enchance the quality of the team but could possibly more than give Malaysia a fighting chance to snatch one of the places in the 2019 Asian Cup.

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