Sabir Pasha hopes for a positive start

“We have talented players [in our squad]. Bringing out their best matters the most [at the moment]. We need to make sure that they are comfortable on the field. They should be able to show their natural ability. We have to concentrate on that. Once I set that right, everything will fall into place,” said Sabir, one of the longest-serving members at the club.
Sabir Pasha hopes for a positive start
Sabir Pasha (File)

Chennai

Interim coach Sabir Pasha will be in charge of Chennaiyin FC for the first time when the ‘Marina Machans’ takes on Odisha FC in the Indian Super League 2021-22 at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco (Goa) on Wednesday.
Sabir, a Chennaiyin backroom staff since 2016, will occupy the hot seat for the rest of the season as the two-time ISL champion parted ways with Bozidar Bandovic last week following poor performances. The 49-year-old previously donned the hat of an Indian assistant coach to each of the five former CFC managers. Having taken over the reins, Sabir hopes to infuse the team – that is currently down and out – with confidence.
“We have talented players [in our squad]. Bringing out their best matters the most [at the moment]. We need to make sure that they are comfortable on the field. They should be able to show their natural ability. We have to concentrate on that. Once I set that right, everything will fall into place,” said Sabir, one of the longest-serving members at the club.
“We have to come together [in this difficult situation] and do our best. When the players reach their maximum [level], we will be a strong side. I can promise you one thing. I will approach this (Odisha) match in a positive way. Changes will be made,” added Sabir, who also stated that he has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
Chennaiyin looked uninspiring under previous head coach Bandovic and has accumulated just 19 points from 16 matches. If it wants to stay alive, eighth-placed CFC will have to come back with nothing but three points against No.7 Odisha (21 points from 16 games).

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