Eelco Schattorie says Sergio Lobera is a great coach

Eelco Schattorie says Sergio Lobera is a great coach

Former Kerala Blasters coach Eelco Schattorie had ample experience in ISL and I-League both. The Dutchman managed two clubs in the ISL so far NorthEast United and Kerala Blasters. Under his coaching, the Highlanders played in the playoffs for the first time. But couldn’t manage to deal with any big things for KBFC last season.


The 48 years old Duchman Eelco Schattorie interacted with Khel Now and shared so many things.

Eelco Schattorie says he implemented the right balance between NEUFC players

“NorthEast never qualified for the playoffs previously and when I arrived, I had a very difficult pre-season with them. Their budget is one of the lowest in the league, but eventually, I think we managed to get a good bunch of players. I managed to convince the team to forget about all the problems that we faced and to focus on football. I also implemented the right balance between the players,” Eelco Schattorie told Khel Now.

Eelco Schattorie says before the break they lose one CB and cost them in playoffs

“Just before the winter break, one of our center-backs got injured and I asked the club to change him, but they didn’t agree. They said he will be fit again, so we went into the break – but when we returned, he played one game and got injured again.

“In my opinion, that cost us and we couldn’t reach the final. In the first leg of the semi-finals also, I lost a couple of players – (Rowllin) Borges and Bart (Ogbeche) who had played all the games till then. So, at that point, we didn’t have a squad deep enough to replace these two players, but still, we did our best.”

Eelco Schattorie says Sergio Lobera is a great coach

“Take a look at the fairly-successful FC Goa for instance. Their (former) coach Serio Lobera got three seasons to work with their team. To date, he has not won the title but everybody has been praising him for the work he has done with them. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great coach.”

Tarak Roy

A Football Lover

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