Will make the team play the way our fans like: FC Goa’s new head coach Carlos Pena
The Gaurs, on last Saturday, confirmed the appointment of Pena as the club’s new head coach. The 38-year-old returned to the Goan shores two years after finishing a successful spell as a player with the club.
The Spaniard will be taking over from Derrick Periera, who coached the Gaurs for the final three months of the Hero ISL 2021-22. Before this move, Pena was serving as the head coach of the Albacete Balompie youth team which plays in the Juvenil League in Spain.
FC Goa head coach Pena addressed the media during a roundtable interview. Here are the excerpts from the conversation.
Here are the excerpts from the press conference:
Can we expect FC Goa to play attacking football under your tenure?
I will look to make the team play the football that FC Goa fans like. We will look to play attacking football. During my playing days as a fullback, I have always enjoyed attacking all the time. And as a coach so far in my previous teams, I have been looking to do the same.
I like my team to be proactive, to play with command of the ball, and to take the initiative in games. I don't like teams who wait for things to happen. Of course, our team should be balanced - in attack and defense. And that's how we will look to win games.
Last season the Gaurs were not up to the mark. Do you think there are any changes that need to be made?
I don't think we have to repair anything. We have a number of quality players in the team. We could see some great performances from some of them even last season. Of course, some players couldn't perform at the same level they are used to. However, I don't think we don't need any major repairs.
We are going to build a strong team. We will look to bring back the confidence and get the players performing back to their best.
FC Goa has always been a team that relied on youngsters. Are you going to field more Indian young players in your playing XI?
I love the values and vision FC Goa has with these young players. I know which club I have signed for. I want to contribute to help them grow. The head coach of FC Goa must have his eyes on the development team and its players. It's part of the project.
When I was at FC Goa as a player, I loved the number of young players that FC Goa had and how they were working with them. The club has some really hard workers, amazing coaches, and amazing people working towards developing the young players. And I will help them to do their jobs better.