In a yet another bottom of the table clash, FC Goa on Tuesday faced SC East Bengal in the 8th edition of the Hero Indian Super League. Even though both the teams still remain at the bottom, it gave FC Goa their first points of the season. Both the teams swapped positions on the table after FC Goa emerged victorious in a tasty 7-goal affair at the Tilak Maidan.
After the end of what was looking like a basketball game, addressed the respective head coaches to the media.
Excerpts from the winning team head coach Juan Ferrando:
Psychological boost after the win
“Trust me! I’m happy for the fans, for the players and the coaching staffs because they are working really hard after three back to back defeats. After losing three games, it’s difficult, but I’m happy for them. This is the time to improve on our first three games!”
Why were you not celebrating the goals?
“Sometimes when the team is not in a good situation and the score is 1-0, 2-1, there is excess stress and anxiety on the players. So it’s very important to keep them calm by connecting with them and by putting attention in these moments.”
Change in tactics?
“The change in tactics was because in the buildup and transitions, we had some problems in the last games. So we decided to put one more player in the buildup. For us, I think it’s better because it’s our style.
“Sometimes we have success but sometimes we need to improve in the moments of the game. But I think in the end, the 90% of the game was psychological. The positive feedbacks from the bench to the pitch and vice versa, to trust in our plan and in the team, it’s the most important thing! And tactics ofcourse is the second most important thing”
Excerpts from Manuel Diaz who was with his assistant-cum-translator Angel Garcia:
What went wrong today with SC East Bengal?
“We made a lot of big mistakes.”
Why no Chima and Sidoel in the eleven?
“Darren Sidoel is injured. Since we started with four foreigners in other positions, we waited for the second half to bring Chima on!”
Regarding the lack of communication in the defence
“We must work hard in the training to improve our level and to avoid big mistakes in the coming matches”
What about the gametime of Semboi Haokip?
“Currently, Antonio (Perosevic) and Chima are getting minutes. But Semboi Haokip will get minutes in future for sure”
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