Head coach Kibu Vicuña and Rohit Kumar addressed the media ahead of the team’s 7th game of the season against Hyderabad FC. Kibu and Rohit spoke about the preparations and expectations for the match against HFC.
Kibu shared his thoughts for the match and about the opponents: “Every game is difficult. Hyderabad is a good team and had some good matches including the one against Mumbai City FC. We are training well and are improving. We are taking the steps forward and tomorrow we are going to have a good match.”
After trailing to a goal in the first half, KBFC bounced back with Jeakson’s injury-time goal and drew against SC East Bengal in the last match. Kibu expressed, “We wanted three points, but it’s true that we scored in the extra time and even after that we had the chance to win the match. But I think we played our game, we had chances and we were better than SC East Bengal.”
Costa and Kone have been our consistent center-back duo, even after having options in the name of Sandeep Singh and Abdul Hakku. Shedding some light on the topic, Kibu said “It’s a question of tactical reasons. The last match, Costa and Kone were the best combo. It is not because they are foreigners. I think they were ready to play. Sandeep, Hakku, and Ruathara are ready to play.
Our captain Sergio Cidoncha has been ruled out for the season with injury and the club has been looking for a replacement. Kibu said “We have already chosen the player and he is going to be with us very soon. We are happy that we are joined by another player to help us. They have to come and follow the quarantine. I think he will be there with us from January.”
Rohit Kumar joined Blasters from Hyderabad FC this season and he shared his thoughts on facing his former team: “When you play against your former club, it always feels good but now I’m a Kerala player and I’m focused on my team and I want Kerala Blasters to win. Let’s see and hope for the best.”
Speaking about the foreigners, Rohit added “Every foreigner is experienced. They have played in various countries and are helping us. We have a mix of experienced and young players. The foreigners are motivating and help us in the training sessions and during the matches. We are improving as a team and individually.”
Rohit also commented on the winless streak and is optimistic to get the three points tomorrow. On that note, he said, “I feel that we are improving but the results are not going our way. As a team, we are collectively helping each other to play well and to get the three points. Football is like that, sometimes we don’t play well but we might get the three points and sometimes we play well but we won’t get the points. Its just a matter of time and I feel tomorrow will be the day and we start winning games, hopefully, the boys will do well.”
Coach shared his thoughts on the road ahead: “We are focussing on tomorrow’s game. I don’t like to talk about the season, our expectations, or our ethics. Our objective is to get the points tomorrow. After this game, we will focus on the game against Mumbai City FC. Our expectations are to play a good match tomorrow and get the three points.”
Kibu also thanked our loyal fans for their undying support. He said, “Thank you for the support as always, We are going to do our best in this match.”