Jeje Lalpekhlua: 'I-League starts on equal footing'

"Every match this season has the potential to decide the League and every match is important. The year is going to be very tough and if we have to win the league this year, as a team we have to give more than our hundred per cent."

After missing out on the trophy last year, Mohun Bagan will be led from the front by Jeje Lalpekhlua in its quest for glory.   -  aiff media

After a historic I-League season of 2014/15 when Mohun Bagan lifted its first league trophy, the Mariners missed out on the coveted trophy by a mere two points in the following year. With a new season kicking-off, Sanjoy Sen’s men are eager to get their hands on the silverware again, and leading the Mariners in their quest from the front is AIFF’s Player of the Year, 2016, Jeje Lalpekhlua.

Edited excerpts of an exclusive interview with the www.the-aiff.com:

New season, new competition, same determination?

Yes! And I have to be more determined this season as this season I have to work even harder and play for the fans who have supported me throughout my journey.

What are your personal targets for the season?

My personal target is to give more than my cent per cent in every match that I play in the hope of winning the I-League trophy again.

What is the club’s objective for the new season?

Mohun Bagan will stop at nothing less than winning the I-League. The squad is shaping up good and the lads are putting in the hard work in the training sessions. We just have to emulate what we have learnt on the field and play with everything that we have.

How competitive will the I-League be this year?

Every match this season has the potential to decide the League and every match is important. The year is going to be very tough and if we have to win the league this year, as a team we have to give more than our hundred per cent in every match that we play.

How tough will be the title challenge from JSW Bengaluru FC?

The title challenge is not just going to be posed by Bengaluru FC, but by every team which is participating. All teams are on the same page this year and has the potential to be crowned as the eventual winner.