Home > News > Sports India News
Posted on Nov 26, 03:14PM | IBNS
Arthur Papas, India's U-22 Coach who has been in charge of All India Football Federation's developmental side Pailan Arrows needs to be credited for the performance of the Arrows this season.
In a freewheeling interview to www.the-aiff.com, Papas speaks at length about his vision for Pailan, the challenges, his dependence on video analysis and also on his India U-22 wards Jeje Lalpekhlua, Lalrindika Ralte, Manandeep Singh amongst others.
Pailan Arrows stay the flavour of the season in the I-League so far? What do you attribute it to?
External expectations are something which we cannot control. Football, like many things in life, is extremely fickle so we only concern ourselves with meeting the expectations and goals we have set for ourselves internally. For this part, yeah, I am satisfied.
I've been saying that the system we have put in place has a higher emphasis on performance over results -- more so because of the age of my players. We have certain performance indicators which we look to meet in every training session and in every game. We are confident that if we can meet them, the results will continue to improve in the long run.
What has pleased me the most is the way we have evolved our playing style. This was something identified as crucial and full credit goes to the players because they have kept their minds open along with complete dedication and tremendous discipline, which obviously, has made my job much easier.
Tactically we are maturing. The players are slowly improving their decision-making in all moments of the game. Also, our football conditioning was identified as a critical area which needed to improve. Now the team can make a higher amount of high intensity football actions repeatedly over the course of the game.
Do you ever feel depressed playing the I-League without a foreign recruit in your team?
No, not at all! Quite simply my job is not the same as the job of the coach at any other club. My job is based around developing and exposing the talented Indian youth players aged from 18 to 21. These are critical years and that's the reason why the Arrows were formed. The idea stays to give as much exposure to competitive football to as many players.
Having said that, it stays a huge challenge for them to play every week against Clubs which have Senior pros and boast of quality foreign recruits. But in the long term it's serving the purpose and this has to remain the core focus.
Most feel Pailan Arrows should have a positive result against in-form star-studded Prayag United. Given the fact that it's a bunch of youth boys, do close results have an effect on the morale of the team?
Full credit to Prayag United on the day as they brought to limelight the difference between a team which is still maturing compared to a fully matured senior team. They did what they had to do to gain the full three points.