"We are the rivals every team wants to win against." - Borja Fernandez
02nd October 2015
Less than 24 hours remain for Hero ISL 2 to kick off. Excitement has reached its pinnacle and there's only one thing on our minds and one word on our lips- ATK! We caught up with midfield maestro Borja Fernandez as he soaked in the atmosphere at Chennai's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium after a high-intensity training session with his mates. The smell of anticipation hung heavy all around the stadium, and made the ever-smiling Borja smile even wider!
Is there added pressure on the team because you are champions of last season?
It was complicated and we know this year's going to be difficult, but the challenge is nice. Whenever you have goals and you can fulfil them, they are nice. The rest of the teams have improved. We were the Champions last year and we are the rivals that every team want to win against! So, of course, it will be difficult and we can't lose our focus during any match!
What is this team's biggest weapon?
That will see during the competition. I think this year we have improved the team. We have a more balanced team this year and that gives us space for more variations, permutations, and combinations.
Josemi is still recovering from an injury. How much will he be missed? Especially, in the high-pressure league opener?
He will be missed a lot. Josemi is a great player and a leader of this team. But, like I said, we have a more balanced team this year and hopefully that will help us fill the gap due to his absence to a certain extent.
How would you rate Chennaiyin FC?
It is a great team, like last season, and they have big players like Elano and Materazzi. We have to stay focussed against them, like in every match.
What is the mood in the team? Are you guys relaxed and having fun? Or, pressure is starting to mount?
The boys are eager to perform for the club. We've had a good pre-season, and are ready for the league. The guys are extremely excited and can't wait to play tomorrow's match!