Hyderabad, July 20 (IANS) Indians Super League (ISL) side Hyderabad FC’s Brazilian midfielder Joao Victor said on Tuesday that his team will come up with an even better display in the 2021/22 season after the Telangana-based club just missed of the semifinals last season.
Victor’s confidence stems from the fact that the club have signed big names like Bartholomew Ogbeche from reigning champions Mumbai City FC and Edu Garcia from ATK Mohun Bagan ahead of the new season.
Victor, who was crucial to Manuel Marquez’s team performance in 2020/21 and recently signed a two-year extension, has high hopes ahead of the new season. “Fans can expect a lot of matches from us again, like last season. We are no longer a surprise; we have shown everyone what we can do and we are here to fight to be on top.
“Our fans can also expect good football, as it is our identity and the style we want to play. And I hope the fans can show the same support again next season, even though it is far away, ”Victor told Hyderabad FC’s official website.
Last season, in what his maiden ISL was, Victor played in 17 games and had three goals and two assists to show for his efforts. Although it has only been one season for him in India’s leading football league, he is already impressed.
“I always knew it would not be easy. The league has a good football level. Of course there is a lot to improve, but I think it is moving in the right direction, ”he said.
Under a new rule, ISL will now see four foreigners on the field at a time instead of five. Victor did not do much of it.
“I think last season we already played with three or four foreigners most of the matches due to injuries. The Indian players have already proved themselves last season and it will not be a new experience for the team.
“I think we as a team will be stronger, as we have a good mix of young and experienced players. We as foreigners will also help them, and I hope we can have a better season, ”he said.
Aside from striker Ogbeche and attacking midfielder Garcia, Hyderabad FC have also brought in winger Abdul Rabeeh AK and striker Aaren D’Silva. Victor is excited about these new signings before next season.
“Last year was fantastic because we were all like a family. We never had problems with each other, and mutual respect was the first rule. I hope this year is not too different. “I have heard good things about the new guys and I hope that together we can achieve our goal with Hyderabad FC,” said the 32-year-old.