Friday, February 11, 2011

White Swans belived this season will be it

Clearly inspired by French side Etoile FC, Albirex Niigata (S) believed this season will be the one where they break the duck and win trophies.

And they are aiming for the biggest one, the S-league crown.

Head coach Koichi Sugiyama, who is retained in his post for his second season in Singapore, declared that goal to the press.

“This year, we aim to become champions,” he declared at the club’s official press conference at Jalan Besar Stadium.

“I have the responsibility to take the team to the top.

“Last year, we learnt many things, and I hope I am able to use my experience from 2010 to help them win this year.”

Their biggest problem last season was a chronic inability to convert their chances into goals, something Sugiyama acknowledged and had worked hard to rectify in the close season.

“It was not just the attackers’ fault for us not being able to score so many last year,” he added.

“Our defence also had a part to play for this. Thus, I had worked very hard to develop new plans and tactics for the team in 2011.”

Hoping to boost the offence alongside 2010 club top scorer Inui and Castanheira are forwards Yosuke Saito and Shotaro Ihata, who hail from Yokohama F-Marinos and Roasso Kumamoto respectively.

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