I’ve not come to a ISL for fun, I’ve come to win, says Pune City’s former EPL defender Roger Johnson

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Former Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson says that personification in a Indian Super League will be a outrageous adventure, yet that doesn’t meant he’ll be holding it lightly. The defender, who has tighten to 500 total appearances in a Premier League and a Championship, says he’s coming to India to win and not usually to get his initial ambience of football outside England.

“This pierce wasn’t about a step adult or a step down, it was about perplexing something new. But that doesn’t meant I’ve come to a ISL for fun. we have come to win,” a 32-year-old said.

Johnson sealed for FC Pune City and is clearly their many gifted defender — a no-nonsense tough rebellious player, who was a bedrock of Birmingham’s brief army in a Premier League a few years ago. He has also played for Cardiff City, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wolves.

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Johnson (L) sealed for FC Pune City and is clearly their many gifted defender. Getty Images

Pune City have invested heavily in their squad, totally revamping a one that finished sixth in a initial ISL season. In fact, they didn’t keep a singular player. New manager David Platt has put together a challenging array of unfamiliar stars including Nicky Shorey, Didier Zokora, Tuncay Sanli, Adrian Mutu, Yendrick Ruiz and Johnson.

“It feels during home for me with Pune City. we have Nicky (Shorey) and Steve (Simonsen) by my Premier League days, and there is a illusory intercourse that all of us share. David (Platt) is one of a glorious managers to work with and a eminent name opposite Europe — his imagination is really assisting a group well,” Johnson said.  He was vocalization on a discussion call from Turkey where a group are now going by their pre-season routine.

Johnson has faced a few relegation battles in his years and has also had to live with 3 relegations back-to-back in England. For a 32-year-old who has never played outward England, it was usually healthy to play somewhere that will concede him to concrete a place in a story of a nascent league.

“England is really a best joining in a universe yet India is going to be a challenge. we was during a theatre in my career where we suspicion we should try something new and welcome it completely,” he said.

Johnson believes that a Pune side has an glorious brew of Indian and unfamiliar players. Apart from signing defensive brave Gouramangi Singh, they also went all out in the auction and roped in Jackichand Singh and Eugeneson Lyngdoh. Both players were part of the India group that recently lost 3-0 detriment to Iran in a World Cup qualifier.

“The Indian players are environment some genuine high standards and sharpening their diversion any flitting day. Along with a internationals, we consider David (Platt) and a government have finished really good to set adult a good team,” Johnson said.

Pune had a graphic Italian essence final deteriorate with Franco Colomba handling a side — and yet they were interesting during times, a victories didn’t come as frequently as they needed. With Platt entrance to a team, after assisting Roberto Mancini during Manchester City, a side looks some-more organized and offset in all areas.

“With a line adult of enemy personification forward of us, we wish they can do a pursuit — it looks good and gives us certainty to get a formula and make a disproportion this time around,” Johnson said.

Pune City take on Mumbai City FC in their initial compare on 5 October.