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I would change my hat-trick for title: Moritz

Andre Moritz

Mumbai:  Brazilian Andre Moritz today sounded pleased with the superb hat-trick he notched up in his second Indian Super League football game last year, but said he would gladly exchange it for a title win in Mumbai City FC’s colours.

“My hat-trick last year in ISL (against FC Pune City) — that was a special moment in my career. Not that I don’t score goals, I do score, but I tend (more) to provide goals with passes and assists. It was a special moment,” said the Mumbai City FC midfielder during a media interaction here today.

“I had not played for three months, did not get any game time, came here and played for 45 minutes (after coming on as substitute against Atletico de Kolkata in Kolkata). Three-four days later I scored that hat-trick (at the D Y Patil Stadium here) which is a special moment in my career. But I still would change (swap) the hat-trick for the championship (title),” said Moritz.

“This year I am already here and am 100 per cent fit and can help much more than last year — in scoring as well as in providing for goals. My aim in coming back to Mumbai is to make Mumbai City FC the champions. It would be nice to win the League, we don’t want just to participate tis year.

“I or (Frenchman) Nicolas (Anelka, the team’s marquee player cum manager), did not come back here just to participate. We have come back to win the title.

“Being prepared and having good training sessions and Nicolas, with this new challenge, and with the help of (Spain’s) Oscar (Bruzon, assistant coach), we are about to get something special. Our (support) staff is more experienced after last year. I really hope we can brace ourselves to win the title,” said the Brazilian medio.

“Last year it was a great experience to take part in ISL history, but we were disappointed not to make the final. We were not quite prepared for it,” he added.

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