Hyderabad: Brazilian winger Marcelo Leite Periera, who recently signed up for Hyderabad FC in the Indian Super League, believes that Indian football is climbing great heights and he is a proud man to be a part of it. “I think it is a wonderful experience to play in India. I have some great memories of playing in the ISL. Our coach Phil Brown wants us to enjoy the game and believes that the results will start coming. I know my responsibilities. I am looking forward to scoring goals and win matches for the Hyderabad side,’’ the 2016 ISL Golden Boot winner said while interacting with the media on Wednesday.
Talking about his ISL career, Marcelo who played with Atletico Madrid B team, said he gained the spotlight in his football career after scoring well in the ISL. “My two-year stint with FC Pune City under coach Brown was really fruitful. We did not start our journey as a successful team. Our performance in the previous seasons was not the best to say the least. We reached semifinals last season. The core of our team remains the same and as a set unit we can certainly pose a few questions,” he added.
Meanwhile, Indian striker Robin Singh who scored a hat-trick in Hyderabad’s pre-season qualifier on the last day, said ISL is certainly helping him to improve as a player. “Playing with foreign players is giving me exposure. It certainly lifts the spirit up.”
When asked whether ISL can affect their temperament when playing for the country, Robin replied that the players are matured enough to know the nuances of the game. “The feeling is more about winning. All the players, Indian and foreign are striving towards that one goal. We are not looking at shorter results,” he added.
Meanwhile, the team coach Phil Brown said the focus of the team is to remain unbeaten in the first four matches. “We will be playing these matches in a span of 12 days. Then there will be a break. Before that, we need to set our momentum right. It is all about playing winning football. We want to entertain the supporters and win matches for the club. The players have been doing well in the practice matches. Even though we haven’t played at the Gachibowli Stadium, we will be ready to adapt to its conditions. Looking forward to the new season with confidence,” the coach signed off.