Hyderabad FC co-owner Varun Tripurareni believes that his players and support staff gelled up well during the Hero ISL 2021-22 season, which got reflected in the team’s performance throughout the tournament.

While speaking to Sportstar he said, “Hyderabad FC’s biggest strength is the bonding amongst all the members including players and support staff and the willingness to go the extra length in improving with each match.”

As Manuel Marquez’s men became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals this season, the co-owner Tripuraneni shared his thoughts on various issues about his team’s progress.

“This is a very balanced side with the confidence on a high. It is more solid now compared to the previous two editions. The fact that Bartholomew Ogbeche has been the lead scorer so far in this ISL is reflective of the kind of support he got from the entire team. We are aware that the teams will go all out to stop him in the play-offs,” Tripurareni said.

While talking about head coach Marquez, the HFC co-owner seemed impressed with the Spaniard as he pointed out that the coach remained cool under pressure and made some brilliant substitutions. Tripurareni believes that manager is getting the best out of the young Indian players.

He said,” When Manolo came on board last season, the message was simple - fight till the play-offs. It was a young team and he groomed it really well. He stressed that we must fight till the last game without over-emphasizing on making it to the play-offs.”

 “Well, planning for this season began long back. We knew the needs and aspirations of the team as a whole. Thankfully, Manolo is now more familiar with the team and ensured that we really built a strong team,” the HFC co-owner said.

Hyderabad FC is having a tremendous spell in the Hero ISL 2021-22, they are now at the top of the points table, with 35 points from 18 matches.

On asking what’s his expectation from HFC in the playoffs the co-owner said, “Obviously, it will be great if we finish off this ISL season on a high by winning the trophy.”

Hyderabad FC will be up against Jamshedpur FC on Tuesday. Marquez's men would be looking to consolidate their top spot in the points table.