Having outplayed ISL giants ATK Mohun Bagan, reigning I-League champions Gokulam Kerala FC proved that there’s “no distinction between the 2 tournaments” and the AIFF ought to now take into account their gamers for the nationwide staff, the Malabarians coach Vincento Alberto Annesse mentioned on Wednesday.
Recent from turning into the primary staff to defend the I-League title, GKFC made a spectacular AFC Cup debut with a 4-2 thrashing of ATK Mohun Bagan to take the honours in a battle between the 2 heavyweights of the top-tier ISL and the second-tier I-League.
“We’ve got proved immediately that there is no such thing as a distinction between ISL and I-League,” the Italian coach mentioned within the post-match media convention.
Taking a dig on the staff choice of India coach Igor Stimac, Annesse mentioned: “More often than not, the coach doesn’t give possibilities to our gamers to be within the nationwide facet.
“I’m very disenchanted as a result of ATKMB had eight nationwide staff gamers and we beat them 4-2. I believe the All India Soccer Federation should now perceive that there’s no distinction between I-League and ISL groups.”
Annesse mentioned he’s “disenchanted that the nationwide staff has no gamers from the I-League.”
“ATK Mohun Bagan is a vital membership and they’re very skilled. Proper now, we signify India (in AFC Cup). We’re very happy with our efficiency. We’ve got misplaced lots of power,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the one distinction between the 2 leagues is that of the budgets concerned.
“In actual phrases, the finances of 1 participant of ATK Mohun Bagan should purchase 20 of our gamers together with me. However the finances is just meant for the curiosity of the media and the house owners of the golf equipment,” the Italian mentioned.
“What actually counts is the dedication, emotion and efficiency on the pitch.”
He mentioned ATKMB posed no risk to them and Actual Kashmir gave them extra issues than the ISL heavyweights.
“Actual Kashmir, who have been preventing relegation (within the I-League), gave us extra issues than ATK Mohun Bagan. That is what I wish to present the federation,” he mentioned.
“I believe in soccer finances makes a distinction. However on the pitch it’s 11 v 11. We’ve got the right combination of Indian and international gamers. I don’t wish to be boastful.”