The Pune outfit are keen to improve on the showing in their maiden campaign…

DSK Shivajians kickoff their second season in the I-League with a tricky game away to regional rivals Mumbai FC on Sunday.

The Pune club finished their maiden campaign bottom of the table but were exempt from relegation. They start the new season looking for improved fortunes on the pitch under new manager Dave Rogers. The Englishman leads a team that has a good blend of experience and quality young players from the club’s famed academy.

Speaking to the media before the game the manager said, “For me getting the right blend of youth and experience is vital. Identifying the right quality of players will bring DSK Shivajians to where we are trying to get the club too.”

Rogers spoke about his good relationship with Mumbai FC manager Santosh Kashyap and told of how his experience with the national team and time in India has helped him a lot. “I have watched Indian football for two and a half years now, watching a lot of games, travelling around the country. It was a great experience working with Stephen Constantine during the SAFF Cup.”

Talking about his football philosophy, Rogers commented, “Attacking” adding, “I want to play high tempo football.”