Immediately after the impressive victory with FCSB, score 5-1 at the National Arena, Cristi Săpunaru revealed what Rapid’s objective is for the next season. In the opinion of the experienced central defender, the group from Giulesti will fight for the ranking in the top three teams in the play-off.
What is Rapid’s goal? The management dreams of the title, Cristi Săpunaru is content with a place on the podium. The reaction of the defender after the victory with FCSB, score 5-1
Dan Șucu and Victor Angelescu, the shareholders of the Rapid football team, have both repeatedly announced that the goal for the 2023-2024 season will be to win the title.
However, Cristian Săpunaru, the field captain of the people of Giulești, is much more weighted in his statements. Immediate after the derby FCSB – Rapid 1-5the experienced central defender said that the goal next season would be to finish in the top three of the play-offs:
“I don’t know if we played the perfect match, but it was also seen in their players. Their heads were in the ground. This match they had at Farul demoralized them badly. I played this match for the fans and that’s it. They played non-stop and this victory is entirely theirs, they deserve all the credit. It was a derby and I played for the fans. I wanted to win the match, that’s all. 5-1 or 1-0… A holiday will come, I at least can’t wait for it, I’m tired.
Next year we will aim, 100%, for places 1-3. More than 1-3? If I said 1-3 it is including the title. If we played alone, we’d be champions every year. But it is quite difficult. Places 1-3, with this mentality we fight for the title”said Cristi Săpunaru, at Digi Sport
Paul Iacob made the match of his career: “I hope it doesn’t stay this way”
Paul Iacob scored the 2nd and 3rd goals of the Giulești team, and at the end he received the title of man of the match. The reporters also asked him after the match if the derby won 5-1 at the National Arena can be called the match of his career:
“I’m very happy, I think the fans are most happy tonight. For us it was just a pride match. I don’t know if it’s the match of his career. Maybe so far, but I hope it won’t be the match of his career. I hope to make the best matches possible. (no – about the celebration after the goal) I think you know who the message was for, people know. I had no way of signaling to my colleagues.
It’s a well-deserved win in the first place, but we don’t need to analyze the Rapid after just one game. I didn’t have the brightest season. We made the play-offs, but it’s not necessarily an achievement for me. I came here to fight for trophies. So I don’t think I had a brilliant season, it was ok. I scored as many goals as there were. When I took 7 from the Lighthouse did they have mercy? The duels with them were intense, I say they really wanted it.”said Paul Iacob.
Virgil Drăghia made his first appearance in this Superliga season
In Sunday evening’s derby with FCSB, the goal of Rapid was defended by Virgil Drăghia (32 years old). It was his first appearance in the 2022-2023 Super League season.
“A very nice match and we are happy that we managed to win with such a score. We are happy to have made our supporters proud. We were focused and wanted the victory, we only came with the thought of winning. We are happy that we beat them 5-1, they are our rivals, the joy is in proportion. Yes, I expect the game to be interrupted, because the fans always put on a show at these games.
A season, I think, very good. But there is always room for better. We are ok, we are glad we all finished healthy. Next year I hope to achieve all the objectives. It could quickly be higher, it could be lower. It’s an ok place and we hope that next year we can progress, finish higher. You have to ask Horațiu Moldovan about the transfer, I wish him to be healthy and have matches as good as the ones so far”stated Drăghia.
Source: Prosport by www.prosport.ro.
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