Chinglensana Singh: We will stick to our style of play

After starting out the season in fine fashion, FC Goa risk ending the year on a low note, having failed to win any of their last three matches. With NorthEast United FC next on their radar, Sergio Lobera’s men will be on the prowl for a victory to get them back on track. 

Prior to the big match, caught up with defender Chinglensana Singh on his thoughts about Goa and what he expects from NorthEast United FC. Here are the excerpts: 

How has your experience at FC Goa been? 

It’s been a very good experience, you know. Carlos Pena and Mourtada Fall, they are very experienced defenders. I can get to learn a lot from them on the training pitch as well as during the matches, as well as in the dining room or whenever we are together. 

Will there be anything tactically different for the match against NorthEast United FC? 

Not differently. To be honest, we’ll stick to the same idea that we play and the same way of playing. The coach will tell us what to do and what kind of style we have to play against North East United FC. So, we’re excited, we’re playing at home and we’ll be very adamant for the three points. We’re very hungry for it because the last three matches we did not pick up the three points. 

Thoughts on the upcoming match. 

Me, being from the North East, besides being a footballer, if I were just a fan or a person from the North East, I’d be really happy with the way NorthEast United FC are doing this season. Really happy for them. But, as a player you know, you want to win against them. So, if you think they’re good then we think we’re better than them. 

Are you looking forward to any one-on-one encounter in this match? 

(Bartholomew) Ogbeche for sure. He’s the top scorer so it’ll be really nice to play against him and to stop him from scoring and it’s a challenge and I love challenges. So, it’s what we look forward to in every match. 

What’s your favourite memory of playing with FC Goa? 

All the memories have been really awesome but the semi-final, even though we did not win here in Goa, the first leg against Chennaiyin FC 1-1. That should’ve been a victory for us and things didn’t happen back in the second leg as well. But then, those are some memorable matches. As well as Jamshedpur FC, just before the semi-final playoff. We had to win that match and we won 3-0 convincingly, that was also a memorable match. 

Any message for the fans? 

They have been really strong and supporting us even though we don’t have a good patch of results in the last three matches that we had. They have been always supportive. Even in Pune, they were really huge. We felt like it was our home you know. They were so loud; all the fan clubs were really awesome. I’d really like to thank them.

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