ISL- Indian Super League

Setback yearn us to quickly engage in next game: Odisha FC coach Sergio Lobera

Gourav SamalGourav Samal

October 30 2023
Sergio Lobera Bengaluru FC Odisha fc head coach vs MCFC Maziya S&RC AFC Cup 2023-24 Isak Vanlalruatfela

The game will be played at Kalinga Stadium

After suffering a defeat against Kerala Blasters FC in their previous match, Odisha FC is scheduled to challenge Bengaluru FC at their home venue, Kalinga Stadium, on the 31st of October 2023.

The Kalinga Warriors have an impressive home record, as they emerged victorious with a 1-0 triumph over Bengaluru at the Kalinga Stadium in the previous season of the ISL. Furthermore, their morale will be uplifted by their recent triumph in the Super Cup 2023 final, where they secured a commendable 2-1 victory against Bengaluru.

Odisha FC’s head coach, Sergio Lobera, and player Princeton Rebello appeared to be filled with enthusiasm as they prepared to take on Bengaluru FC. Their determination to secure a victory shows their eagerness to improve their standing in the points table.

Sergio Lobera said, “We are prepared and filled with enthusiasm for this new opportunity. When we experience a setback in a game, we yearn to quickly engage in the next game, as it provides us with the chance to demonstrate our resilience and emerge even more powerful than before.”

“We have two home games within a span of four days, which presents us with a favorable opportunity to secure points and regain our position in the top standings”, he added.

Presence of Sunil Chhetri

Presence of a legend like Sunil Chhetri will add more value to the BFC team when they face Odisha FC. On being asked about tackling the Indian forward, coach Sergio lobera said, “Clearly, Sunil Chhetri is an exceptional player who greatly contributes to the team’s overall balance. We are fully aware of his potential. However, as I have consistently emphasized, the team’s success hinges on collective effort rather than individual prowess.”

“While it is true that having talented individuals can be advantageous, it is crucial to foster a strong team dynamic in order to achieve greatness”, he added.

To this question, Princeton Rebello replied that, “We are all participants in this endeavor, striving for victory. Our team has undertaken thorough preparation, and in accordance with the guidance of our coach, we are fully prepared to engage in any match that may come our way. Regardless of our opponents, our sole objective is to compete with determination and emerge as victors.”

Message for the fans

For any team, fans are the biggest motivator for the players. Odisha FC’s recent loss might have affected their emotions. On a query about the fan’s reaction, Sergio replied, “Only I am able to express my gratitude for their support when we play at home, and to apologize when we do not achieve the desired results. We eagerly anticipate their presence at the stadium, as our knowledgeable supporters wield a significant influence during our matches.”

“Their assistance is truly invaluable, and we are in dire need of their continued support. I must emphasize that our endeavors are solely dedicated to our devoted fans”, he added.

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