Saying Hello To Helder Postiga!
25th September 2015
Amidst great fanfare, the ATK boys arrived home yesterday after their
month-long training session in Segovia, Spain. For a lot of the
international players on the team, this is their first visit to India,
and they're extremely excited to be here. It is the first India-visit
for ATK's marquee player, Helder Postiga, too! And, at an event held
at a city hotel earlier today, Hlder was formally introduced to the
members of the press.
When we met Helder yesterday, he told us that "the ISL is like a new
challenge" for him, and he's excited to be part of the team. He echoed
similar sentiments today as well, and said he's happy to be a part of
this team. When asked about his chemistry with another star ATK
striker, Canadian international Iain Hume, he said "Hume is a great
player and we ve worked hard together while practicing in Spain. We
make a good team together".
This was the last time the media was meeting the team management
before the league gets underway on October 3 when defending champions
ATK square off with last season's semi-finalists Chennaiyin FC. And,
naturally, everybody was curious about the preparedness of the team!
ATK's Sports Director Alberto Marrero seemed very hopeful and
optimistic about the team's chances at retaining the Hero ISL title.
"Every year is different, every player is different. We have built a
great team, and we hope it will do well this season", he said.
ATK co-owner Sanjiv Goenka was present, too, and speaking on the
occasion said, "It's not only about winning, it's also about creating
a fantastic franchise for the club".
The club's mood can definitely be termed as upbeat, and everybody
seems to be looking forward to a good season of football!