No bigger motivation than winning the first-ever RFDL title, says Kerala Blasters’ Tomasz Tchorz
Kerala Blasters FC's reserve team head coach Tomasz Tchorz feels being crowned champions of the inaugural Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) can further inspire the emerging players to make it into the next step and potentially knock on the doors of first-team football.
On Thursday, second-placed Kerala and Bengaluru face each other in a title-deciding clash of the Reliance Foundation Development League. While Bengaluru (18 points) need to avoid defeat, Kerala (15 points) have to log all three points to pip their southern rivals on head-to-head count.
"This is a huge motivation for us. To be champions of the inaugural RFDL," Tchorz told the Indian Super League (ISL).
"Bengaluru is a very strong team. They have positive aspects in their team and they are a very balanced team with good players in every position. We will study them and we will be ready," he said.
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The 30-year-old Polish tactician also heaped praise on RFDL being organised in a very professional manner, helping the players with the right kind of exposure needed to excel as they take the next step.
"I am very proud to take part in this tournament. The organisation of the tournament is at the highest level, and we can experience the professional environment here. We can see that we are treated in a special way like professionals in football. We have great training grounds to provide sessions, we are playing on really good grounds too.
"This competition is rich with respect to the different strategies that we can use and we can teach players. We can provide players more opportunities to play important games against teams that present a similar quality and similar skills. This is the opportunity that the RFDL created for us," he added.
Watch Tchorz's full interview below:
Meanwhile, Bengaluru FC head coach Naushad Moosa said they won't be compromising on their attacking style of play and will go all out for a win despite needing just a point to clinch the title.
"I will be going for a win. We will play the way we play. We want to play attacking football. We don't want to sit back and play for a draw. We will have the same approach."
"When you work with a reserve squad, you need to bring that winning mentality into them. So we will approach the game as we always do with our style," Moosa said.