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Mohun Bagan should also be worried about us, says Alberto Noguera before ISL final

Published at :May 3, 2024 at 9:14 PM
Modified at :May 3, 2024 at 9:14 PM
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Mumbai City FC midfielder Jayesh Rane shared how Petr Kratky has helped him in his tenure.

As the curtains draw to a close on another exhilarating ISL season, football fans across the nation find themselves on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating the grand finale. After the dust settled on the semi-finals, two formidable contenders emerged triumphant, poised to clash in a showdown of epic proportions. Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC now stand on the precipice of glory, ready to write the final chapter of this gripping saga at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.

Following a commendable season, Mumbai City FC have emerged as a formidable force, solidifying their prowess with a commanding victory over FC Goa in the semi-finals. Their resounding triumph, clinched with an impressive aggregate score of 5-2, underscores their dominance on the field, igniting anticipation for the imminent clash against Mohun Bagan.

Ahead of this highly anticipated match, star players Alberto Noguera and Jayesh Rane took the spotlight, sharing their thoughts and enthusiasm with the media. Here are some snippets:

Alberto Noguera – On his thoughts on the ISL Final Game

As the Islanders has had a stellar season, the anticipation for the ISL final is palpable. When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming match, Alberto Noguera expressed his confidence in the team.

“I think everyone wants to collect and play these kind of games and we are proud to be here. I think everyone is looking forward for it and we are ready,” Alberto Noguera asserted.

On the threat they face in the form of Mohun Bagan

On being asked about the threat the team faces tomorrow, Alberto Noguera emphasized the formidable challenge posed by their opponents while acknowledging their own commendable season. Despite the formidable opposition, he radiated confidence in the team’s abilities, emphasizing their belief in overcoming the odds.

“The team is ready. We have been working pretty hard throughout the season. So now it’s one final game. I know how capable we are. We also know that they are very good players and have a good team as well. But they should also be worried about us, because we are able to do things and we have had a good season. It’s going to be a tough match for sure,” the midfielder said.

On his pre match rituals

Many professional footballers worldwide adhere to specific pre-match rituals before significant games. When queried about the same, Alberto Noguera shared insights into his routine.

“I use a certain set of socks for matches and also I try to do the same things in an order from the morning. So if that gives us luck, I will keep doing it. And if we lose, I will change them,” the Spaniard revealed.

Jayesh Rane spoke of his pre-match rituals as well.

“I try to do the same thing as well, with the socks, And I also listen to some music, try to stay calm and just try to remain focused on the match,” he mentioned.

Jayesh Rane on the influence of Petr Kratky

Jayesh Rane has notably excelled in the latter half of the season under Petr Kratky’s guidance, particularly showcasing a stellar performance in the recent semi-final against FC Goa. When questioned about the influence of the coach, here’s what Jayesh had to offer.

“He makes me feel a lot confident. Not just me but the whole team, and he is always encouraging by saying everyone has to be together as a team. So that helps in gaining confidence as well,” he said.

On playing at familiar ground and against a former team

When questioned about returning to a familiar ground where he once donned the Mohun Bagan jersey, Jayesh Rane exuded unwavering loyalty to Mumbai City FC. Emphatically declaring his allegiance to his current team, Jayesh Rane affirmed his singular focus on securing victory for Mumbai, undeterred by past affiliations.

“It was an honour to play for Mohun Bagan but now I play for Mumbai. It’s going to be a tough game for both teams because both have great footballers and we are looking to win no matter what,” he concluded.

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