We are motivated and hungry to win the Hero Super Cup: Bengaluru FC’s Jayesh Rane
Bengaluru FC will be looking to add another silverware to their trophy cabinet when they take on Odisha FC in the final of the Hero Super Cup at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode, Kerala on Tuesday.
The Blues having already won the Durand Cup and reached the Hero ISL 2022-23 final, will show no intention of stopping in their third final of the season. Stacked with some of the biggest names in Indian football in Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Roy Krishna and Javi Hernandez, the squad is brimming with experienced players.
One such experienced player – who quite often than not – goes unnoticed is none other than midfielder Jayesh Rane. While Rane featured sporadically under head coach Simon Grayson in the Hero ISL 2022-23, he’s been of great significance for the team in the Hero Super Cup.
The midfielder knows what it takes to win trophies, having won the Hero I-League with Aizawl FC in 2016, the Hero ISL twice, once with Chennaiyin FC in 2015 and with then ATK FC in 2019-20, and the Durand Cup with Bengaluru FC in 2022. Rane is looking forward to adding the Hero Super Cup silverware to his kitty.
"Winning trophies makes such a difference in a player’s career. First of all, it gives you that confidence that you can go out there and win silverware. Winning the Hero I-League was of course a special moment for me, so was the Hero ISL, but I have not won the Hero Super Cup yet, it will be a good moment to win this,” Rane told the-aiff.com.
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In the semi-final against Jamshedpur FC, it was Rane who rose highest to head home the opener that made headway for a smooth sailing 2-0 win for Bengaluru FC that also included a Sunil Chhetri strike. The 30-year-old commented on his side’s chances of clinching the win.
"We have so many experienced players in our team, and they have played at the top level for years. This team has won most of the trophies that are out there to win. I feel this will give us an edge in the final," he said.
Having won a lot of trophies since their inception in 2013, the Blues are known for their peculiar attribute of bouncing back, which is what they’ll be aiming for after losing out to ATK Mohun Bagan in the Hero ISL 2022-23 final.
"This will be the third final for us this season, but the loss in the Hero ISL was difficult to take. The entire team is very motivated and hungry to win the Hero Super Cup and make it two trophies out of three finals," said Rane.
Despite the limited gametime, the midfielder wants to make an impact with the given opportunities and is striving for the best with Bengaluru FC.
"I think not getting the opportunity to play is always difficult for any player. I’ve trained hard, but opportunities have been difficult. All I can really do is work harder, and hope for the best," Rane concluded.