Sitting down for his first interaction with the media during his unveiling, our new head coach Roberto Oliveira known as Robertinho discussed his outlook and philosophy.

“I am delighted to be here. Vipers SC is a big club and has big ambitions. Big clubs do not sit at the back; they attack the opponent from the start,” he said. “We have to have passion, we have to be dominant, we have to be aggressive. We have to play in the opponent’s territory as much as we want.

“I want the ball, I want to attack them as much as possible, I want to prevent them from attacking me as much as possible. But as well, I think we have to create the right culture around the club that’s going to make a good living out of the players, create an environment where everybody respects each other, humility and people have to be accountable for what we want to achieve.”

New Dawn: Roberto Oliveira aka Robertinho and his assistant Marcelo Cardoso during their unveiling at St Mary’s Stadium.

“Attacking is my mentality. I love to give my players the liberty to express themselves with the ball, play high up the pitch and play to their strengths. I love winning, and big clubs have to win. It starts with organization, and from the mind, you have to play offensive football in the final third of the field.”

“I love pressure and you can’t work for a big club like Vipers SC without pressure. So, l am ready. With my experience of African football, l know I can work with Vipers SC players. We shall try to create a balance between the offensive and defensive. My strategy is to give priority to my offensive play, liberty and expression, as well as emphasis on the defensive.”

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