Coro: Will happily trade in personal awards for the Hero ISL trophy
Two-time Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) Golden Boot winner Ferran Corominas or Coro has stated that he would happily trade in all his personal accolades and awards for a chance to lift the Hero ISL trophy with FC Goa this season. Considered as the most lethal marksman to ever play in the Hero ISL, the 36-year-old forward has the numbers to back up the billing, having been the top scorer in the league in both of his two seasons in India. With 34 goals to his name, the Spaniard also stands atop the all-time scoring charts in the Hero ISL.
Speaking about what these accolades mean to him on a personal level, the former Copa del Rey winner said, "There’s happiness when you see these awards. It's basically an understanding and recognition of the fact that you’ve done things well. It's also a reminder that these awards are there not just because of individual achievements, it’s a collective achievement. Because, as a team, we played well and that’s why I was there to score the goals. But the sentiment remains that it's not this one we wanted, but the Hero ISL one which we really aspired for."
Delving deeper into the matter, the Spaniard recounted his feelings at the time he was up on the stage to receive the Golden Boot and the Hero of the League awards after the defeat to Bengaluru FC in the Hero ISL 2018-19 final. "I was almost in tears at that time they were giving me the awards. The one I really wanted wasn’t the one I was getting. I’ve always said this that I would swap all my awards if we can get the Hero ISL trophy, which is what I’ve always wanted," he stated.
"The most important thing is the team. If I can win the Golden Boot, it’s better for the team. But for us, the most important objective is to win the Hero ISL," added Coro.
The season ahead…
With the Hero ISL 2019-20 approaching, FC Goa and Coro will have another shot at finally ending their wait for the title - a goal which the FC Goa has come so close on several occasions over the years but failed to achieve. Asked about the team's preparations ahead of the season ahead, the ace striker remarked, "We’re confident from that fact that we have the same base as a club from last year. We have the same set of players, the same coach as well. So, for us, the confidence factor is the fact is that we try and improve on the things we did from last season. We try and replicate all the good things we did and try and weed out the few errors we made. The aim is to score more goals, concede less and try and go that one step further which we couldn’t last year."
Quizzed about which team, according to him, would prove to be the Gaurs' biggest obstacles this season, Coro opined, "It's difficult to name one team. From the players I see in the teams, maybe ATK, Kerala or Bengaluru will be in the top four."
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