September was a tough month for Ceres-Negros FC. The busmen didn’t have the luxury of rest when they jumped back to the Philippines Football League after ending their tough AFC Cup campaign. The Bacolod squad had to play three difficult matches against Davao and Global right after the facing Istiklol, before ending the month against Ilocos.
Coach Risto Vidakovic and Stephan Schrock shared their thoughts when they looked back to the challenging month which resulted to three wins and a draw for the AFC Cup ASEAN champs.
“For me the most important was the team played excellent, in all the games,” said the Spanish mentor when asked about the teams’ September campaign. “And I can say that we have a style, we have the possession in every game, and for me that’s more important than the points because the team is playing well,” he added.
The Ceres Coach heaped praises to his team after taking on the challenge the last month. “I want to thank the players because they gave everything. It was not so easy especially the last three weeks. The players are a long time away from home and family and we had a lot of games in the AFC (Cup) and PFL,” said Vidakovic.
“I can only say that it was an excellent time and I hope that we can finish the league like we deserve,” said the former Serbia International. “Especially the players, they deserve to win this league because they work hard. We don’t have any problem with them, in discipline and whatsoever. For me, its a big honor to be a coach of these guys,” he added.
With the Asian Cup campaign starting in the next few days, Vidakovic has opted to rest some key national players giving them an early break before they leave for the Azkals training camp in Doha. Players like Schrock were tasked to fill in the gaps versus Ilocos and they did very well giving the team a solid 5-0 win.
The former Bundesliga vet had to take a more central role against Ilocos, performing very well considering that the team only had two training sessions before the match. “Its not that difficult with the players we have, with the coach we have,” said Schrock. “We can switch and shuffle every position almost every player because we have a very good squad.”
Aside from the team, Schrock is quick to credit Vidakovic for keeping everyone in page in all season. “You can see what we want and how we get it so that’s a very important thing for us and coach is doing a a very good job with that. He’s a blessing for Philippine football,” said the ex-Hoffenheim player.
Overall, Schrock was pleased of the results and is keen to take on new challenges ahead. “We are very happy with this month with the outcome of the points. We have a tough October in front of us and were looking forward to keep up the good work,” he added.
The league will take a pause in the next two weeks because of the FIFA International break with the busmen returning to action on October 14 when they play Kaya at home. Expect Schrock and company to pick up where they left off in their quest for PFL glory.