Iriondo: Want Jamshedpur fans to fall in love with our style of play
Jamshedpur FC will play hosts to Odisha FC in Match 3 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 to be played at the JRD TATA Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Tuesday. Having finished both their seasons in the competition just outside the top four, the responsibility will be on new head coach Antonio Iriondo to guide the Jharkhand-based side to their first semi-finals this term.
Ahead of the fixture, the Spaniard, accompanied by veteran striker CK Vineeth, attended the pre-match presser. Speaking about his first Hero ISL match in charge, Iriondo said, "The goal of the first match is to win, but it’s not all about winning. We want to deserve that win. What we are working on in the last month and a half is to get the players to understand how we want to play, and enable them to take their own decisions. That process is not easy. We hope that we can achieve something similar. Winning the first match is always important for the players. We hope they are ready to make their own decisions."
Asked if there's any added pressure on him to lead the team to a top four finish this season, the Spaniard remarked, "I want to live in the present. I want to think in the moment, in the present. One of the most important things is to give our best in every training session and in every match. So, there is no pressure."
Further delving into the expectations the fans would have of the team this season, he added, "I know that we have a good fanbase. The most important thing is to make them as happy as we can. It’s not only about the results or winning and losing; it’s also about making them fall in love with our style of play. We need to make sure they can enjoy every time they come to the stadium. The team is always going to give it’s 100%. We hope that we can make them happy and win every match."
Talking about the pre-season preparations, the gaffer declared that he was very happy with how it went. "We are really happy about what we have seen during these matches. We have been improving. The most important thing in these matches is not about losing or winning. It’s about how the players interact with their teammates and to see if they get the new concepts and ideas we are proposing to them. We are really happy with their response."
CK Vineeth, who joined Jamshedpur in the transfer window, shed some light on how he has been adjusting to the new team and surroundings. "Everything about football in Jamshedpur is great, the facilities, the ground. I believe it’s one of the best in the country. They have almost everything here. They have their own ground."
"Like every team wants to win the cup, Jamshedpur also wants to win the cup. We will try to go as far as we can go. In the end, we all want to give the trophy to the Jamshedpur fans," he added.