United Football League defending champions Ceres La Salle FC’s new head coach Risto Vidakovic promised that his wards will return stronger after losing to Green Archers United FC.
The Green Archers pulled off a come-from-behind 2-1 victory to the dismay of the Busmen in their initial second round game on Sunday.
“We have many players that were not able to play against Green Archers. We will see what will happen. During the Green Archers game, many players were out and when everybody recovers, we’ll be a different team,” Vidakovic said.
The 47-year-old Serbian, who coached Ceres for the first time since being hired late last month, said that they are bent on winning all their remaining games, “We have to win every game, the same as before we lost to Green Archers. We have to move forward,” he said.
Ceres La Salle is currently six points behind leading team Global FC that is holding a record of nine wins, a draw and two defeats in their 12 games in the tournament.
The squad absorbed its first loss during its season-opening match against Loyola Meralco Sparks FC, 3-2, on April 12.
Vidakovic also mentioned that he will not change the current system of play of Ceres but admitted that cohesion is something they need to focus on during training.
“The question is the players. It will depend on how they will work as a team in the coming games. We have to work together as a team. We need to make things better.”
With his coaching experience with several clubs in Europe, the retired Serbian defender explained that the principles never change as far as honing the players’ skills to perfection.
“It’s the same everywhere. The work here is the same but you need to work harder here because the players are not that tactically ready yet compared to different style of play in Europe.”
Vidakovic commended the potential of local booters, “We have talented players but we still need to improve many things tactically,” he said.