Experience will carry us to title, says Stags hitman Roskam
Mateo Roskam, one of Tampines Rovers' key men in their title charge, speaks to Gabriel Tan before their must-win game tonight
Tampines are five points behind with two games in hand over leaders Brunei DPMM. You have four matches left, can you guys win the title?
For the moment, we are very pleased to be in a good situation, but it's most important now that we keep going till the end.
It's been an interesting season and maybe we started a little slow. With a lot of new players, we needed time to adapt.
But we're all good players, so we knew we would get there and now we hope we can do our best in the few games left and win the title.
How has your first season in the S.League been so far?
I have to say I'm happy because we are fighting for the title.
From the outside, perhaps people can say it's easy (playing in the S.League), but it's not.
Once you get onto the pitch, you have to really go all out in the fight but I'm enjoying this. If it were really that easy, I would already have 30 goals! (Roskam has 11 goals).
Off the field, have you also adjusted to life in Singapore well?
Yes, I live here with my girlfriend and we're next to the stadium (Jurong West Stadium).
I spend most of my time relaxing at home, but I like to go into the city when there's time off.
I'm also a fan of all types of food so this is like heaven for me… Life is good here.
Tampines are the only team in the league boasting two players with double digits in the goal tally. How much are you enjoying your partnership with Rodrigo Tosi?
Of course, it's always better when both strikers are happy.
If one scores a lot and the other doesn't, then it's not balanced, so it's better for us that we both keep taking turns to score and the other players also help us out.
We know in every match we have someone on fire.
The title race is going down to the wire and everyone knows about DPMM's stunning collapse last year. Does this give you confidence?
Of course, because we have players with the confidence and experience to handle the pressure when the important games arrive.
We've now had six wins in our last eight games and, I don't know, maybe DPMM are starting to get a little bit worried about the situation.
That's not the case with us.
- Balestier Khalsa v Tampines Rovers (Toa Payoh Stadium)
- Home United v Albirex Niigata (Yishun Stadium)
- Warriors FC v Brunei DPMM (Choa Chu Kang Stadium)
- Hougang United v Harimau Muda (Hougang Stadium)
- Courts Young Lions v Geylang International (Jalan Besar Stadium) *All games at 7.30pm.
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