“Action speaks louder than words” we have heard this quote time and again, but ‘Words’ are the main fuel which motivate someone to take appropriate action.
The players and coaches are not just remembered for their game or tactics but some of them leave a mark on our minds for their views and media antics far off the field. This Indian season has seen quite a few quotes by coaches and players which received a lot of attention. From lauding the fans to praising youngsters, they have said it all.
Khel Now presents the top 10 such quotes from the 2017-18 Indian football season.
1# “There has been a huge change in the scenario of women’s football in the nation since the first edition of the IWL and the second edition is a testament to that. More girls have come into the sport and more girls have taken up playing football from a young age -Maymol Rocky
The second season of the Indian Women’s League was a great success in comparison to the inaugural campaign. The attention and involvement across the country wasd much deeper than expected. The league saw many young female talents stepping onto the field with zest to prove themselves. Indian Women’s team coach Maymol Rocky was absolutely on point in spotting this positive difference before the league kicked off.
Albert Roca came up with this pearler early in the campaign
The cheering fans in the stands always fill the players with motivation to give their best. Bengaluru FC, India’s most successful club in recent times has been privileged to have one of the most vocal fan-bases in India. The side has a fan-base which acts as the 12th man on the field, handing them a massive advantage in each and every game. Albert Roca was quite impressed by the passion of the Blues’ fans.
3# “I think Indian Ffootball has a good future because they have very young talented players. Their future is very good in India- Miguel Angel Portugal
This ISL season saw many young players standing out as top performers for their sides. Youngsters like Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte and many more showed great development in their game which has surely put them on the national team’s radar. The steady rise in the performance of these youngsters shows that India’s footballing future is standing on strong footing.
4# “Only me, The coach is to be blamed for what has happened. Whenever a team loses, it is the coach who comes under scrutiny and I am responsible for the same– Khalid Jamil.
The Kolkata-based side lost some crucial fixtures which made them finish fourth in the I-league. The team had a good run in the inaugural Super Cup too, but fluffed the chance to win it after losing the final to mighty Bengaluru. The Red and Gold’s coach stood up on behalf of his entire team and took the blame entirely on himself showing the strong character he has.
5# “I regard ATK as the Manchester United of India. They have been champions twice. We look up to them- John Gregory.
Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC’s coach John Gregory compared ATK to Manchester United before his side’s thrilling battle with them. The two-time winners ATK had a season to forget, but Gregory was wary of the quality of the Kolkata side. The tactician’s masterclass helped Chennayin to win both the games between the two sides, but the former Aston Villa player and manager comparing ATK to the English giants definitely meant something to ATK fans.
FC Pune City’s Ranko Popovic came up with this bold claim
Ranko Popovic became a new addition to the list of the admirers of India’s very own star Sunil Chhetri. The Bengaluru FC’s captain scored a stunning hat-trick to knock Popovic’s side out of ISL 2017-18. The national captain has displayed stunning performances time and again be it with national side or with clubs he played for. The Indian talisman has 56 goals with just 96 caps and is India’s all-time top scorer.
Koffi definitely won a few hearts with this one
SLFC recent signing Abdoulaye Koffi poured heaps of praises on Indian Football after his new tenure with the Northeastern side. The Ivorian was taken aback by the love we pour into making Football a prime sport. The recent developments in the game have attracted many foreign players breaking their cliche of India being a poor footballing country.
Aryn Williams wants to play for India
The 24-year-old NEROCA defender lauded India’s development in football. India is rushing towards marking itself out in world football’s map and all we need is proper facilities. The I-League falling completely under the AIFF has lacked basic facilities. Aryn William who has spent notable time in the Australian A-League believes that the Indian leagues, especially the I-League, can match up to Australian standards, if we focus more on the facilities provided to the players.
9# “It’s a privilege to have a team like that in the ISL, To play the kind of football that they do, they keep the ball very well, they pass the ball well and they’re difficult to play against– John Gregory.
Bengaluru FC is the most successful team in India in recent times. With maximum Asian competition exposure, the side has become a top class team. BFC are always a nightmare for a coach to play against. John Gregory, the former Aston Villa manager poured heaps of praise on the ISL newbies. Gregory’s masterclass helped his team to have the last laugh, but Bengaluru definitely gave him a tough time in all the three matches he played against them.
10# “I think that in the future, India would definitely be ready to host a FIFA World Cup- Sol Campbell.
The former Three Lions and Arsenal player believes that India has the capability to host the FIFA World Cup in the future. Campbell was overwhelmed by the response which the FIFA U-17 World Cup received.