Juanan speaks about his second ISL win, playing for HFC and more
With the clock running down rapidly, Hyderabad FC grew seemingly more desperate to restore parity against Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 final.
Head coach Manolo Marquez threw in the likes of Halicharan Narzary and Sahil Tavora to rescue the match. And like a messiah, Tavora answered the calls of the HFC faithful.
The 26-year-old midfielder produced a stunning long-range volley in the 88th minute. The ball evaded Blasters keeper Prabhsukhan Gill and hit the back of the net as Hyderabad equalized in just the nick of time.
Juanan revealed how the entire Nizams bench and their goalkeeping coach Marc Gamon trusted Kattimani to kill the game if it rolled into penalties.
However, Juanan averred that Hyderabad FC’s triumph will always have a “special place” in his heart, given how difficult the season was mentally.
Firstly, congratulations on the incredible victory. Could you sum up the emotions you’ve been feeling over the last few days since the ISL victory?
Juanan: Thank you. Since coming to India six months ago, our first objective was to get into the Indian Super League playoffs. But as the season progressed and we saw how our team was playing, we realized we could get into the final. Winning the final has been incredible and I am very happy to win the title.