Utaka admits tough times ahead
Montpellier star Utaka
Utaka, who was instrumental to the success of the club last season, has now told MTNFootball.com that it is more difficult to defend a title than to win it.
"It would not be an easy season. But judging from our pre-season we are battle ready for the challenge ahead. Like you know it is easier to win a title than to defend it," the experienced striker said.
“The wheeling and dealing on the transfer market by clubs like PSG, Lille, Lyon and others in the league tells you the importance they attach to winning the title this season.
“But we are ready because this time no one regards us as the under dogs anymore."
He equally admitted that Montpellier would miss the goals of top scorer Olivier Giroud, who joined Arsenal in the summer after he fired 21 goals last season.
"Of course we would miss Olivier but we have players who can fill the vacuum,” insisted Utaka.