Bottom-placed Hyderabad FC take on FC Goa at the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Wednesday.

We are extremely happy with his performance in the training. He is giving us something good otherwise. He moves into the spaces and can play as a striker as well, giving us more depth, so I’m content with him.”

He is learning how to play in an attacking way. He knows how to play between the lines. He’s extremely technical, and I am quite happy that I could bring him to Goa.”

He also shed light on the absence of Rohit Kumar, revealing that he won’t be travelling with a squad because of injury. “Rohit injured himself in the previous week. At this moment he is not ready to come to Goa. Let us see how he feels in the next week.”

Together with the Hyderabad squad undergoing a huge overhaul of sorts with an eye on the next season, Lopez was asked his opinion on who he believed was a good decision to captain the team. “That is one thing the players and the club decides. For me, the best man in the group to be captain is Adil Khan. He has all of the qualities to be a fantastic leader,” he responded.

Nikhil Poojary, who followed Lopez into the briefing, talked about the prospect of confronting a Goa team sans Lobera and opined, “I think as a coach, Lobera has done great things for Indian soccer. We were amazed by what he did with his Goa team and how they played. I believe that is the best time to play FC Goa and this is the best time to spoil their party.”