Football

Tebar happy to pass on his skills

Tebar.

Tebar.  

Marcus Tebar, one of many skilled Spaniards contracted to clubs in the Indian Super League, has featured in two semifinals. He pulled Delhi Dynamos’s midfield strings in 2016 season, switched to FC Pune City in 2017 and made an impact with his passing. Two seasons, two semifinals and the one-time Real Madrid U-19 and Girona midfielder is back with DD till June 2019.

Leaving successful squads after playing the semifinals takes some doing. Tebar explained: “When I played for Delhi, after we reached the semifinal, they (DD team management) changed everything… changed the staff and players. I thought Pune City had better players than before, so decided to go there.”

His value came through in passing percentage of 81.72 over 17 games involving 848 passes (besides one goal, two assists, six shots at goal, five crosses).

And Josep Gombau, the newly-appointed Delhi coach, soon got in touch with his countryman. “I realised that I fitted into this type of football after talking to the coach and finding out what he wanted from me,” said the 32-year-old playmaker for whom ISL was a chance to strike a rapport with exciting foreigners and talented Indians.

“I played with Florent Malouda, Marcelinho, Kean Lewis (at DD), all attacking players. Last year teammates were Marcelinho, Emiliano Alfaro, Adil Khan, Mohd Ashique… they understood my football.”

Tebar has interacted with young Indians and felt happy at their attitude. “The Indian players in Delhi and Pune wish to learn the passing game, which Spain football stands for, and keep telling me they feel more comfortable with it.”

Asked if the turf conditions were satisfactory, Tebar said, “the grounds are decent and they try to improve the surface every year. The coach (Gombau) makes sure the grass surface at training and for matches has quality. Good pitches will help if we are to build moves from the back. I look forward to playing my part.”

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