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We anticipate a tough battle, asserts Khalid Jamil on facing Bengaluru FC

Published at :February 10, 2024 at 09:15 PM
Modified at :February 10, 2024 at 09:15 PM
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Khalid Jamil praised the footballing facilities Jamshedpur FC provides.

Jamshedpur FC will host Bengaluru FC in a crucial fixture amid the chaotic race for that sixth spot on February 11 (Sunday) at the JRD Tata Sports Complex. Both the teams are coming off a victory in their last game and that makes the Steel Derby even more interesting for the fans.

Khalid Jamil addressed the media before both sides lock horns at the Furnace. Here are the excerpts from what the manager had to say.

On tomorrow’s game

Khalid started with highlighting the importance this upcoming match holds, “This upcoming match poses a challenge, particularly because we’re facing Bangalore, a strong team performing well lately. In their previous game, they showcased impressive skills with experienced players like Sunil Chhetri leading the squad and a line-up of quality players, including talented foreigners, they present a formidable opponent.”

He continued, “Their coaching staff adds to their strength. Therefore, it’s clear this won’t be an easy match. We anticipate a tough battle and must strive hard to secure a favourable outcome.”

On team’s improving performance

The men of steel have shown tremendous improvement since Khalid Jamil took over. Be it their run in Kalinga Super Cup or comeback win against Mumbai City FC, this team has gelled together finally. 

The coach shed light on the praise saying, “As mentioned previously, the outcomes we’ve achieved are a direct result of the dedication and hard work put in by the players. Both our foreign and Indian players demonstrate maturity and diligence in their efforts. Senior players, as well as junior ones, are contributing positively. It’s a collective effort and I’m merely here to provide motivation and support as they continue to give their all.”

Goals for the season

Jamshepdur FC is well into the fight for that prized sixth spot, the coach was asked to talk about the goal for the remainder of the season. 

Khalid asserted, “We’re focused on the upcoming match first and foremost. After that, we’ll turn our attention to the next game, taking it one step at a time. It’s important to approach each match gradually to ensure improvement. Playing on our home ground, we aim for positive results. Our subsequent plans will follow accordingly. Our ultimate goal is to perform well, and we’ll strive to achieve that to the best of our abilities.”

On club’s facilities

The club from Jharkhand is famous for its unmatched facilities and support to the staff and players. The manager was awestruck to experience this being a part of it and shared his opinion on the reputation the club has in the Indian Football fraternity.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity they’ve provided me. It’s a pleasure to be here, and I cherish every moment. The facilities available here are unparalleled, marking the first time I’ve had access to everything necessary for a football player or any club. I’m determined to seize this chance and give it my all.”

Khalid continued, “Additionally, I’ve mentioned before that our collective effort stems from the dedication of the players, and I consider myself fortunate to have such talented individuals alongside me. I have no complaints whatsoever. Moreover, the management has been incredibly supportive, leaving no room for negativity.”

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