Csaba Laszlo – It is all about scoring now and getting the three points from tomorrow’s game


The Hungarian who took the hot seat at Chennaiyin FC remains hopeful about his team’s playoff contention and feels optimistic to score more goals in the remaining matches.
Csaba Laszlo

It was really not an emphatic start for Csaba Laszlo to his coaching career in India, yet the 56 year old man feels happy for his team’s ability to play an entertaining football. The Chennaiyin Boss who took the hot seat at Chennaiyin FC after Owen Coyle’s departure had been expected to change the fortunes of Chennaiyin, but for his unlucky means, it just turned out to be a matter of desperation.

This time the Marina Machans will aim to do the double over the Red-Miners, when they go up against each other( Jamshedpur FC) at Bambolim on Wednesday, for which the clash will turn out to be a do-or-die challenge for both the teams.

Chennaiyin’s Head Coach addressed the media ahead of their next clash against Jamshedpur FC. The Hungarian led side will be desperate to log their wins and secure the confined spots in playoffs. His team has scored the fewest number of goals in ISL this season dissipating a flurry of chances.

Csaba’s men lacked a good intent in their attacking front after the departure of their captain, Rafael Crivellaro. However the arrival of Lanza kept their attack intact against Bengaluru FC, that forked out a good creativity in the final third.

Chennaiyin boss Csaba Laszlo is optimistic about his team’s ability to convert the chances that they create when they take on Jamshedpur on Wednesday. “We are the team who create the most number of chances but also have missed the most. So we have to be more clinical. I have respect for all opponents generally but as always we have to try to score goals and go for victory” stated the Hungarian,

For the moment of time, Chennaiyin needs to get reoriented and shape their philosophy to keep hold of their playoff hopes alive. Speaking on the chances of qualifying and the competition for the playoffs, Csaba Laszlo said, “We won’t give up our target of being in the top four as long as the possibility is there. Tomorrow will again be a very important game for us and Jamshedpur,”

“On the other hand, we have to realize that we have created the most number of chances, but have also missed most of them. So, I’m asking my players to be more clinical and direct. I don’t want to see which position the opponents are in because, I think this season any team is having the possibility of making and not making the playoffs. We will be looking to get the three points, but it is going to be a very difficult game. I always respect our opponents and I want us to go for the victory” added Csaba Laszlo

Csaba Laszlo - It is all about scoring now and getting the three points from tomorrow's game Chennaiyin FC forward Jakub Sylvestr in training scaled
Pic Courtesy- Chennaiyin FC media team. Jakub Silvestre in action

The next match against Jamshedpur will turn out to be a crucial one for the Marina Machans, “We have the players and we trust our players. We try to play the same style of football that we play. We’ve been on the levels of our opponents and in the games that we drew, we were closer to the win than our opponents” further added.

“So, it is about scoring now and getting the three points from this game tomorrow. I don’t want to talk much about the other games, I want to focus on this game against Jamshedpur,” feels Csaba that his team is ready to hold up their dreams.

When Chennaiyin are left with no hands to offer, it was Owen Coyle who fortified the team’s hopes and took his side to the finals last year. But this time they will be against their former boss who has been appointed as the head coach of Jamshedpur FC this year. When asked about Jamshedpur FC, Csaba Laszlo answered, “I think they are in the similar position like us. I know Owen (Coyle) very well and he knows my team. I think they were unlucky and lost some important games. Tomorrow it will be a game where both teams will go for the victory” added the Head Coach.

“I think one goal won’t decide this game. Jamshedpur is always dangerous. We have to also avoid free-kicks and corners because they use it as a weapon. On the other hand, we also have resources to come out and counter-attack to hurt the opponent. In tomorrow’s game, it will be very important that we have the concentration and score from the chances we get.” warned Csaba that they must be very conscious to play out a team who’s resolute at set-pieces.

Csaba’s indiscreet substitutions received many criticism and off remarks from fans and analysts. In their last match against Bengaluru FC Csaba brought in German when Thapa was subbed off. Despite having other attacking options, the Hungarian went with another defensive midfielder.

“We wanted to add German in the midfield because we already had (Manuel) Lanzarote, who was playing in the No. 10 role and he needed support. I think we attacked even better once German came in and it was our luck that we didn’t win the game. So, it wasn’t like German played in midfield in a defensive manner. It didn’t influence the team in a negative way, as I think we created chances in the game even after he came in.” signed off Csaba.

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