We want to put our best foot forward tomorrow, says Kerala Blasters gaffer Ivan Vukomanović


Kerala Blasters are set to take on FC Goa on the 6th of March, their last match of the league stages. A win or a draw will seal the deal for the Blasters and let them reserve their spot in the top four of the league. And with that, the club will be taking part in the playoffs of the Indian Super League after a wait of six long years. On the other hand, Blasters could lose the spot if they lose this match, provided Mumbai City FC win their final match of the league against Hyderabad FC.

Ivan Vukomanović and Sahal Abdul Samad attended the press ahead of their next match, and the following are the excerpts from the same.

Ivan Vukomanović said, “I think we’ll have a different game tomorrow. From our side, we have to fight for our points. So, the approach for the points will be the same. This is how we want to end with our league stages.”

We want to put our best foot forward tomorrow, says Kerala Blasters gaffer Ivan Vukomanović 1
Credit – Kerala Blasters

Kerala Blasters need to secure at least a point to secure their spot for the playoffs, and Álvaro Vázquez and Jorge Pereyra Díaz have accumulated a total of three yellow cards. Taking this into consideration, regarding team selection of Kerala Blasters, Vukomanović said, “We’ll see today at the training session, to decide the players for tomorrow’s game. Of course, we are thinking in a different way about our encounter tomorrow, but we want to play with the strongest team. We have the youngest squad in terms of average age, and they all have fresh legs. They can play every three days, no problem. We haven’t let injuries affect our performances till now.

“We will not think of tomorrow’s game as a game where we need only one point. No! We want to go for all the three points. As a coach, and as a former player, I don’t like to settle for less. When you have that mindset, you will not regret about anything.

“I would like to say that I’m really happy. I’m really happy to have chosen this adventure (with Kerala Blasters). Since we started cooperating and working together, we have been on the right path. We, as the technical staff, can see the improvements in every possible aspect. But this is just the beginning. Seeing that the league is short in India, there will be big expectations all the time. But it is impossible in football to bring about changes in such a short time. If you’re aiming for big achievements, of course, you will need time to build up all of those. What you see now is the product of the process these boys initiated, and I believe they can improve even more. The longer we stay together and have the same organisation, the better the results will be,” said Ivan Vukomanović.

Kerala Blasters
Credit – Kerala Blasters

Jeakson Singh and Nishu Kumar haven’t yet recovered from their respective injuries, though Nishu Kumar will attend today’s training session, said Ivan Vukomanović.

To some of the questions to Sahal Abdul Samad, he said, “Each coach have a different philosophy, they’ll have a different plan for you. So in whichever position the coach puts me in, I’m ready to adapt to that and play there.

“As a player, I have looked to improve my goal-scoring ability. Under coach Ivan, every training session has had a finishing bout. That has been extremely helpful. Although, as a player, I have to improve on a lot more aspects. No one will ever be a complete player, so I’m working hard to improve.

“Having a versatile squad, being included in this healthy competition inside our camp, that is a great advantage to me and any player at all. All the more, it will be more difficult for the coach to select his best XI as well. From a player’s perspective, it’ll always be a plus point. And from the team’s perspective, it is good because we will have options in the event of an unfortunate injury.”

We want to put our best foot forward tomorrow, says Kerala Blasters gaffer Ivan Vukomanović 3 1
Credit – Kerala Blasters

Luna has a lot more freedom on the pitch, in regards to defensive duties. Even I have my own duties. And under the guidance of coach Ivan, I think I’m moving forward in the right direction. Wherever I’m playing, whatever I’m doing, I’m doing for the team. So, I’m happy with the team and my performance,” said Sahal Abdul Samad.

Follow our website for the latest update on Indian Football!

We want to put our best foot forward tomorrow, says Kerala Blasters gaffer Ivan Vukomanović 81de08d4c3d34048b44fa6540be0167b?s=96&d=monsterid&r=g
Kaushal Subramaniam M R
An aspiring Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Writer. Doing Journalism and Mass Communication at SRM Chennai. Native place Manjeri, Malappuram, Kerala.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Germanpreet Singh – Jamshedpur FC agree deal to sign Chennaiyin midfielder

IFTWC can confirm that Jamshedpur FC have signed Germanpreet Singh for the upcoming season. The midfielder signed a two-year...

Indian National team’s friendly match with Zambia cancelled

The Indian National team was expected to play an International FIFA friendly match against the Zambia National team in...

ചരിത്രം ഒരു പോയിന്റകലേ, ഗോകുലം കേരള ഐ ലീഗിൽ തങ്ങളുടെ വിജയക്കുതിപ്പു തുടർരുന്നു

ഗോകുലം കേരള ഐ ലീഗ് കിരീടത്തിന് ഒരു പോയിന്റ് അരികെഗോകുലം കേരള എഫ് സി 1 (27 ജോര്‍ദാനെ ഫ്‌ളെച്ചർ) - 0 രാജസ്ഥാൻ യുണൈറ്റഡ്...

ISL – Hyderabad FC in advanced talks with Manoj Mohammed

Hyderabad FC, the reigning ISL champions have started building their team for the upcoming season. The Nizams are in...

The old friend stays, Alvaro arrives finally, and key departures – FC Goa rebuilds

FC Goa has started early this year. Last year's turnaround of events was chaotic to say the least but...

Al-Jazira – All You Need To Know About Mumbai City FC’s AFC Champions League Rivals

The Emirati football club Al-Jazira were the last to qualify in Group B. Group B is the group where India’s second-ever...

Must read

Hyderabad – A Paupers to Princes Footballing Story

The footballing story of the city of Hyderabad is...

Who are the best Indian Centre-Backs in the Indian Super League?

Indian Super League 2021-22 season is nearing its's conclusion....

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you