PETALING JAYA: Midfielder Oliver Buff believes Selangor will rise stronger in the Malaysia Cup.
The 29-year-old’s confidence stems from the fact that the Red Giants raced to a strong finish in the Super League after a poor start.
They came alive after the international break to win five games, drew two and lost two to end their challenge in the league at the fifth spot with 36 points.
And Buff says that was a good indication to show that they could be one of the favourites to challenge for the Malaysia Cup starting on Sept 25.
“It was tough at the start of the season because we were a completely new team, and we had only a short pre-season to prepare for the league,” said the former Switzerland Under-21 international.
“We made stupid mistakes too. That’s why we lost points.
Known for his leadership in the midfield, Buff said they would be sticking to their style of play.
“We showed improvement after the break and stopped making mistakes, especially when it came to set-piece defending. Now we can score a lot of goals, and we hope to continue the momentum in the Cup challenge,” said Buff.
“We have a good balance of youth and experienced players who play good football. We will stick to our style and also hope for a little bit of luck too.”
Buff has been one of the key players for Selangor as he has scored six goals and made four assists in 19 Super League games.
The former Real Zaragoza player, however, said overall effort on the pitch mattered more than the statistics.
“I know Malaysians love numbers, but football is more than that. It’s what you give on the pitch,” he said.
“It’s nice to help the youngsters, especially if they are open to learning.
Selangor, the 33-time Malaysia Cup champions, have been drawn in Group B with Terengganu, Perak and a third-placed team from the Premier League.