FC Pune City will be having none other than David Platt at the helm of their team in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2015. The former Manchester City assistant coach believed that the Pune-based franchise have some exciting talents and the fans can expect some fireworks from their loved team.
They indeed have a strong midfield and a threatening attacking line. Romania's highest goal scorer Adrian Mutu, Turkey hotshot Tuncay Sanli and Yendrick Ruiz will be holding the forward line, which will be supported by Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Jackiechand Singh and Israil Gurung. Those names look quite threatening isn't it?
FC Pune City have been sweating it out in Turkey for the pre-season training camp. The players also got to play some practice games against the local sides and that gave them the much needed match-practice. Surely, Platt and his men in orange and purple stripes will leave no leaves unturned ahead of the season of the ISL.
"What happened last season is in the past. We are here in Turkey to plan what we can do for this season. We have identified and got the right kind of players for every position. Strike force led by (Adrian) Mutu, (Tuncay) Sanli, (Yendrick) Ruiz, supported in the midfield by Eugene (Lyngdoh), Jackie (Singh), Israil (Gurung) - expect some fireworks from us this time. Every team is a worthy rival. The league is pretty new in that sense, so all teams start as favourites," Platt was quoted as saying by the official website of the ISL.
The Hrithik Roshan co-owned franchise were quite desperate to get an experienced head at the helm of their affairs. FC Pune City were so-so in the first season of the ISL in 2014 but this time they want to be a serious force to reckon with in the forthcoming star-studded league.
Platt revealed that he did not take much time to decide that he wanted to spend time with the Pune-based franchise during the ISL 2015. He also likes the facilities, which are being provided to the players and the staff. Platt seemed to be happy with the passion of the franchise heads as well.
"Teams want to win, clubs want to win. I felt that from the first day I met Mr Gaurav Modwel (the franchise CEO), there was a real eagerness to succeed. You shouldn't come with a closed mind. It didn't take long for me to realise that I want to spend time here. I have now done enough research here and I was pleasantly surprised. The main focus was on the state-of-the-art training facilities and accommodation. The facilities are being improved and are good enough," Platt added.