Staikos Vergetis: Playing at home does provide an advantage
Punjab FC boss Staikos Vergetis also spoke about the difference between I-League and ISL.
Punjab FC have played six matches in the league and are now placed at the bottom of the table with just two draws and four losses. Hyderabad FC are placed just above the Punjab team with two draws and three loses from their five games so far.
In the pre-match press conference, head coach Staikos Vergetis and player Brandon Vanlalremdika, spoke to the media. Excerpts are below:
About the pollution in Delhi
When asked about the pollution issue in Delhi, Staikos Vergetis said, “To be honest, this is an issue that falls outside of our jurisdiction. In my opinion, the responsibility lies primarily with the league, as they possess the authority to make such decisions. The determination should be based on careful assessment, weighing the potential risks to the players.”
“Given the recurrence of such incidents, I trust that the appropriate measures will be taken after a thorough evaluation of the situation,” he added.
Motivation for Punjab FC
The tactician was very particular while addressing the issue of motivation amongst the players. He said, “In recent years, whether playing at home or away, there has been a narrowing of the gap in the players’ mindset. Mentally, they approach matches with increased concentration and discipline, focusing on their tactical responsibilities.”
“However, it must be acknowledged that playing at home does provide an advantage. This was evident in our first game here, where our fans passionately rallied behind our players, particularly in the second half. I am confident that they will continue to do so in the upcoming home games,” he added.
Difference of playing in I-League and ISL
Staikos Vergetis expressed his views on the difference between the I-League and the ISL. He stated, “It is quite notable that the Indian Super League (ISL) comprises a significant number of transition games. As I have emphasized on numerous occasions, this dynamic sets it apart from the I-League. The velocity at which the ball travels from one area to another in the ISL can be quite rapid, necessitating our quick and efficient adaptation.
Brandon Vanlalremdika just emphasized on his game. He stated, “In order to improve my performance, I believe it is essential to exert more effort, heed the guidance of my coaches attentively, and strive to enhance my skills and abilities.”