The Indian Super League (ISL) 2015 is just around the corner and the buzz about the game has been steadily rising. The temperature will soar and adrenaline-pumping matches, heart-breaking moments, proud chants and emotional outbursts will all be back when the ISL 2015 kick-starts on 3 October at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai where defending champions Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC will lock horns in the opening game.
The ISL 2015 marquee signings, coaches and other Indian players reflected their thoughts on the upcoming second edition of the star-studded tournament. The organisers arranged for an event at the NSCI, Worli, in Mumbai to get the ball rolling ahead of the ISL 2015.
The teams introduced themselves one by one along with their respective coaches, marquee signings and Indian star attractions.
"The chemistry between international players and Indian players is key to success in the ISL," reflected the North East United FC coach Cesar Farias.
It was Atletico de Kolkata who walked in next with coach Antonio Habas, Indian acquisition Rino Anto and their marquee star Helder Postiga. The former Portugal star said that he wants to help his teammates with his experience and wants to win the league with the club.
"I will try to pass on my experience to improve football in India. Pre-season was good and we're ready for ISL 2015," Postiga said.
Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi relived the memories of last year and stated that they were unlukcy to lose someone lke Elano at a crucial moment during the ISL 2014. The former Italian international hopes that they will kick-start the season with a bang against the defending champions.
"We were unlucky last year to lose Elano [Blumer] and [Stiven] Mendoza to injury at an unfortunate time [and that set us back greatly]," Materazzi added.
The other teams also shared their pre-season experiences and spoke about how they were preparing for the upcoming ISL 2015. The drum rolls can be heard in the next few days. The Indian football crazy fans will have plenty of reasons to celebrate and plenty to be sad as well, but overall when they watch their favourite players walking outside the tunnels, the roar will be worth hearing!