|Coach Steinebrunner is cautious|
"It's still early days," said a cautious Geylang coach Jorg Steinebrunner when such suggestion was made to him.
"The whole idea now is to move away from playing long ball like we did last season and keep the ball with more mobility in our game.
"And that is one of the reasons we signed players like (Tatsuro) Inui, Bruno (Castanheira) and (Jozef) Kaplan, who are able to give the speed and advantage during one-on-one situation." added the German coach.
|Bruno Castanheira shields the ball|
With only Kento Fukuda and Yuki Ichikawa are retained from the previous campaign, an interesting fact was presented that all foreign signings by the club have prior S
When asked if familiarity is a pre-requisite for the club's import recruitment policy, the former defender explained it's more on meeting the team requirements.
|Syed Thaha re-signed |
|Kento Fukada (foreground) retained by Eagles|
However, the match earlier against MSL side Lions XII at their backyard did not see Geylang fielded a full squad with absentees like Anaz, Nor Azli and Kaplan who is due to return early next month.
The match against Fandi Ahmad-led side was the third pre-season outing for the Eagles who earlier played against NFL side Sporting Westlake and SCC Expats.
|Mus Manzur (right) tussle with Safuwan Baharudin (21)|
|Tatsuro Inui (with ball) levelled the game for Eagles|
"We had shown great character in this game (for coming back to draw level), but there are still some fine tuning for us and with the quality signings we have, everyone is capable to start in the first eleven." opined the former Sengkang Punggol coach.