The 43-year-old tactician also mentioned that he feels the first game of the season will be difficult.

The top brass of Odisha FC, including head coach Josep Gombau accompanied by captain Marcos Tebar and Narayan Das met the media in a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s game against Jamshedpur FC.

Having shifted base from Delhi as part of the Delhi Dynamos squad, the trio replied to questions ranging from the shift of base to tactics and the players in the squad.

Josep Gombau sounded optimistic when talking about the objectives of his team and praised the quality the squad he possesses.

“It is pretty much the same team from Delhi. It is a competitive team with good players. We have also prepared well and this is an exciting bunch of players,” Josep Gombau said before adding, “We signed the players we wanted and we had a good pre-season.”

Josep Gombau made his praise evident of the facilities on provision in Bhubaneswar and also spoke about the football culture in the new surroundings.

On Facing Jamshedpur FC

The Spanish tactician was well-rounded in his assessment of the campaign opener as he said, “The first game is always difficult because we don’t know how the opposition will play. But, we are clear in how we want to go about things and have trained well towards executing our plans for tomorrow.”

The 43-year-old tactician was profuse in his praise of the Indian players in the squad, lauding their commitment and desire. He predicted great futures for everyone claiming that, “It is in the motto of the club to develop young Indian players.”

Narayan Das

Odisha FC defender Narayan Das accompanied Josep Gombau to the press conference on Monday afternoon. A Tata Football Academy graduate, Das was  asked regarding his return to Jamshedpur.

“I am always very happy to return to Jamshedpur. I trained and played at the Tata Football Academy and it’s always like coming back home when I come here. I love the city and playing here as well,” the left-back revealed.

“We will do our talking on the pitch because that is where it all matters. The team is ready to play and we want to perform on the pitch like the coach wants us to,” Das added.

It can be a daunting prospect to lead a new franchise in a competitive league, that too as the captain, but Marcos Tebar made it clear that he is more than ready to do the job. “I think it’s a great responsibility and I am not fazed by it. We have a good team and we are confident this season in winning and scoring goals,” Tebar said.

Odisha FC square off against Jamshedpur FC on Tuesday at 7:30 PM IST at the JRD Tata Sports Complex.