The Goa boss has urged his team to play for the shirt and the fans…
FC Goa take on Delhi Dynamos FC in their penultimate game of Hero Indian Super League 2016 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. The Gaurs currently languish at the bottom of the table with 11 points from 12 games and tomorrow they will have to deal with a high-flying Delhi team, presently fourth in the table with 17 points from 11 matches.
Speaking to the media at the pre-match press conference, head coach Zico insisted despite the fact that the Gaurs were now out of semis contention his men will not let up in terms of intensity against the Dynamos. “We are professionals. We are aware of the jersey we are wearing and the fans around us. We will play with the same intensity and give everything we have got,” he said.
When asked what went wrong with their campaign this year, 63-year-old Zico said: “Many things happened. One reason was that when all the teams were being prepared with new signings, we faced a fine and couldn’t put a team together properly. We did not have much time either. We also lost some players who were important for us last season. There were many matches in which the referee made mistakes, like the match against Kerala, so we lost valuable points. I know no one is perfect but everything I did was for the best.”
The Brazilian legend also revealed that he was not sure whether he will return next season, before professing his love for Goa. ”We have to see if they want us. People from Goa love me, I love Goa. I would love to come back. But we will have to wait and see. There will be changes. As of now nothing is sure,” Zico said.
Summing up his experience in India over the past three years, Zico said: “One thing I noticed is the fans and they have been very passionate. I saw some good football being played. However, there should be interactions between all teams. The Indian players should also be given more chances to play. Also, matches should be played against international teams to improve the standard. Teams from Italy, Germany and Spain should come and interact with the players and teach them.”
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