Manolo Marquez, the head coach of the Hyderabad FC, hailed the players, support staff, and management for their first-ever victory in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Sunday at the PJN Stadium in Goa.

After a 1-1 tie-in regulation and extra time, Hyderabad overcame Kerala Blasters FC 3-1 in a penalty shootout thriller.

Manolo Marquez hailed the players, support staff, and management for their first-ever victory in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Sunday at the PJN Stadium in Goa. After a 1-1 tie-in regulation and extra time, Hyderabad overcame Kerala Blasters FC 3-1 in a penalty shootout thriller.

“We would achieve this because of the team’s hard work, support from the staff and management, and discipline amongst players,” he said.

“Even after a bad game, we spent a lot of time together,” Marquez said.

“Definitely, there can’t be greater satisfaction than winning the ISL. Well, when I signed up with the club, I was just hoping most of the decisions would come good. We were spot on in everything this season that is why we emerged champions,” he said.

“We signed experienced players with a lot of quality. The HFC is a fantastic group with all the players, staff, and management working in tandem. Now, Hyderabad is the team to beat and that is a big achievement,” he said.

“Sometimes you need success like this to get the next step in a huge project like promoting football in the State,” Marquez said.

“Now it is time to celebrate, stay disconnected from the game for some days because it was hard to be six months 24 x7 thinking about the League, far away from our families. Now, it is not the time to speak about our next season. It is for the Club to say more on this,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion of winning the ISL, Spaniard Marquez said,

“We are very glad we won the maiden title this year. It’s indeed a tremendous milestone for the club as we would achieve this because of the team’s hard work, support from the staff and management, and discipline amongst players.

Success does not come overnight, the whole team has been working from last season and experiencing the fruit of success in winning the title this year.

“Hoping for more winning matches ahead. We want to thank all the fans of HFC for trusting in us and encouraging us towards victory,” he said.