I-League debutants Sreenidi Deccan FC are facing RoundGlass Punjab FC in their fifth game of the season. SDFC currently have 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses. A last-minute equaliser by Fredsan Marshall led to a draw against Real Kashmir FC for SDFC in their previous game.
Ahead of the game against RoundGlass Punjab FC, the Gaffer Fernando Varela addressed the media in a pre-match press conference.
Fernando Varela on the ongoing campaign
“The players have been improving as each game passes by, we are getting closer and better to our style. Losing, winning and draws are part of football, the mentality of the players’ matters. In the game against Real Kashmir, Sreenidi’s players showed a lot of quality. If we keep on being consistent we can beat any team in the league.”
Fernando Varela on preferring more players scoring goals except David Castaneda and Ogana Louis
“The first preference for me would be winning the game, scoring goals is nothing but finishing the chances created by the whole team. If a player is scoring it doesn’t mean he is the best, understanding the game is what makes players better.”
“Creating chances to score matters more, we played against one of the best teams in the league last time. It is too difficult to score against Real Kashmir but we countered them well in the second half when they were defending too deep.”
Fernando Varela on the game against RoundGlass Punjab FC
“Every game is different and tomorrow we need to be more compact defensively and try to control the game by creating chances and converting them into goals.”
Below are the excerpts of goalkeeper Shibin Raj Kunniyil who was also present at the press conference.
On less clean sheets for Sreenidi Deccan FC, personal targets for the season
“I am not disappointed with the team not being able to keep a clean sheet, scoring and conceding goals is part of the game, I am happy that my teammates didn’t give up till the last minute.”
“My personal target for this season is to try to get clean sheets in every game and improve in the areas where I am lacking. I also want to give my everything to get the trophy with the team.”
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