Katsumi Yusa: ‘God watching our hard work’

Katsumi said the passionate supporters of Bagan always expected the team to win every title.

Mohun Bagan's captain Katsumi Yusa at the press conference on the eve of Federation Cup 2017 final match in Cuttack on Saturday.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Katsumi Yusa has been an integral part of the Mohun Bagan's scheme of things for the last four seasons and the 28-year-old Japanese captain of the Kolkata-based club understands the pressure of wearing the green-and-maroon jersey.

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Katsumi said the passionate supporters of Bagan always expected the team to win every title. “It is very tough for me and the coach at Mohun Bagan. If we are playing good, then it is good from media and supporters. If we are playing bad, then it is difficult for the players.

“We have been winning either the I-League or the Federation Cup in the last few years. This year we were second in I League and in the final of the Fed Cup,” Katsumi said on the eve of Bagan's Federation Cup title clash against Bengaluru FC at the Barabati Stadium here on Saturday.

“Every moment Bagan needs to win either AFC Cup or I-League or the Calcutta League. It is very tough. That's why we do hard work. God is watching us. Because of hard work we reached the (Federation Cup) final. Tomorrow if we lose or win, it does not matter. We (must) give 100 per cent. If we give our life, then we will surely win the match.”

The attacking midfielder said he was fully committed to the team's cause. “Football is my life. It gives good opportunity to me. So I should give life on the pitch.”

Katsumi said a healthy dressing room and good work culture, under the guidance of a protective coach Sanjay Sen, were responsible for Bagan's good show, including its 3-1 win over Bengaluru in the AFC Cup in Kolkata even after fielding a second string side. “There is no secret. Dressing room is very nice... We have been playing for the last three years. This is Mohun Bagan spirit. Sometimes coach chooses certain players for the playing XI but other players give 100 per cent in practice. That's why the result came in the Bengaluru match.”

Katsumi expected his team to come good one more time and retain its Federation Cup crown.

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