Lobera lays emphasis on collective effort over individual brilliance

FC Goa will be eyeing a fourth consecutive win in Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 when they face Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Thursday. A win for the Gaurs will see them reclaim top spot in the league table, but the unbeaten Jamshedpur FC will be tricky opponents for the away side.

Ahead of the tie, Goa head coach, Sergio Lobera was present at the pre-match conference. With Ferran Corminas suspended, the coach laid emphasis on the importance of his team’s collective effort. “I think what is most important is the collective. Obviously, you know if you have very good individuals you will win one or two games, but you will never win the league. It’s always the collective. So, for us, it’s always about putting up a collective performance and ensuring that we perform and get the results that we need,” he said.

The Spaniard then went on to share his thoughts on Jamshedpur and spoke about their strengths. “Sincerely I think it’s a very tough game. I think we’re playing against a team who is very competitive and very good without the ball. I know their coach from his time in Spain, I know he is a coach that has built a team that will play his style of football. I think tomorrow we are going to find ourselves against a tough opponent and it’ll be a tough game,” Lobera said.

When asked about his defensive plans to contain Jamshedpur, he opted to focus on his side’s attacking philosophy instead. “I’ve always said that our style of play is what makes us strong. And every time we do play, we take some risks. That’s what has made us strong and brought us so far. Keeping that in mind, we will still continue to keep that the same. As for me, I’m not particularly obsessed with keeping clean sheets. What I’m more worried about is the goal difference, and right now at this point of time, we have the best goal difference that is +9,” Lobera boasted.

The 41-year-old also had some warm words for the league and its organisers. “Sincerely I’m very happy to have come here and joined this league. I think it’s a well-organised competition, it’s a very beautiful competition and there are a lot of opportunities for the way the league is going. You know before I came here too, I got many references about the league, in terms of what the league is all about. Also, I have to congratulate the league for doing how they are doing so far,” Lobera added.

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