‘We are confident we will be competitive this season as well’

Manolo, Joao and Poojary address the media ahead of the Mumbai City clash 

Hyderabad: After a long wait, the Hero Indian Super League Champions, Hyderabad FC are back in action this Sunday. HFC side kick-off their 2022-23 Indian Super League campaign when they take on Mumbai City FC at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.

Ahead of the big clash, Head Coach Manolo Marquez along with Joao Victor and Nikhil Poojary addressed the media in Hyderabad.

Manolo Marquez on the mood in the HFC camp…

I think that when a season starts, you must always be ready. You play football because you like it, so you have to be happy and prepared. We are in a good place at the moment but finally the main target is to arrive to the first game in the best condition possible.

Manolo Marquez on getting ready for the Mumbai City challenge…

We are a team with a lot of continuity and that has been the key to our success. We signed some players who took advantage of the minutes they got in the Durand Cup. We know it is difficult to be at our best for our first game. But we are confident that the team will be very competitive this season as well.

Joao Victor on the team getting ready for the new season…

As I always say, being a captain is not a challenge for me. Also, at Hyderabad, there is not just one leader in the team. There are many leaders and many experienced players who help the youngsters in the team. But we need to keep growing and keep improving as a team to fight for the title again.

Nikhil Poojary on fans returning to the Stadium in the ISL this season…

It has been two difficult seasons. It is unfortunate that we won’t be playing at the Gachibowli Stadium for the first game, but the fans coming back to the Stadium is a huge boost for us. Everyone is really excited, and we are ready for the new season.

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