Manolo Marquez on FC Goa’s Durand Cup Journey: A Prestigious Honor to Win

Manolo Marquez on Durand journey: Its a prestigious honor to win

In an exclusive interview, Manolo Marquez, the Head Coach of FC Goa, shares his thoughts on the Durand Cup, the upcoming semifinal clash with Mohun Bagan, squad preparations, and his views on the esteemed tournament.

In an exclusive interview with Manolo Marquez, Head Coach of FC Goa, we delve into his thoughts on the upcoming Durand Cup semifinals, the team’s preparations, and his perspective on facing a formidable opponent like Mohun Bagan. With FC Goa set to take on Mohun Bagan in a highly anticipated match, Marquez shared his insights on various aspects of the game.

Marquez expressed his enthusiasm for reaching the semifinals of the esteemed Durand Cup, highlighting the significance of competing against top-tier teams in a prestigious tournament. He mentioned, “It is very good for us also, especially as we have been facing some top teams. We are happy to play in competitive situations like this right now.”

Embracing the Durand Cup and Its Significance

Reflecting on the tournament’s importance, Marquez emphasized his commitment to fielding the first-team squad, outlining the benefits of such participation. “For me, the Durand Cup is an important competition. Additionally, it also presents me the chance to prepare my team for the league season,” he remarked. He further acknowledged the confidence boost that comes from performing well in the tournament and winning such a prestigious accolade.

Squad Assessment and Player Dynamics

When asked about potential signings, Marquez focused on the ongoing pre-season training and the squad’s continuous improvement. “We are happy with the squad and the players are improving every week. It is not very polite to think and talk about needing other players right now,” he said, indicating his satisfaction with the current team dynamics.

Discussing the upcoming clash against Mohun Bagan, Marquez acknowledged the challenges posed by the formidable opponent. He noted, “Facing them in the semi-finals will be a very difficult challenge, but at the same time, it is also a fantastic chance to prepare for the ISL.” He emphasized the valuable learning experience that the team will gain from this encounter.

Manolo Marquez on Durand journey: Its a prestigious honor to win

The Prestige of the Durand Cup

Marquez concluded the interview by highlighting the prestige of the Durand Cup. He stated, “The Durand Cup is a prestigious tournament. Doing well in the Durand Cup, qualifying for the knockouts, and maybe winning the trophy greatly boosts the confidence of the team, not to mention how big of an honour it is to win a competition like this.”

In essence, Manolo Marquez’s insights shed light on FC Goa’s strategic approach, their eagerness to face challenges, and the significance of the Durand Cup as a stepping stone towards a successful season. As the team gears up for the semifinals, their journey reflects a blend of determination and aspiration to make their mark in one of India’s most renowned football tournaments.

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