Portugal admits Delhi had more possession but no efficiency

Wednesday ended on a disappointing note for Delhi Dynamos FC as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hero Indian Super League 2017-18 debutants Jamshedpur FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. This was their third loss in a row, with the team conceding the maximum number of goals (9) till date, this season.

In the post-match press conference, Delhi head coach Miguel Angel Portugal admitted that their opponents were better which led to their victory. In the entirety of the match, Delhi just managed to initiate two shots on target laying bare their attacking shortcomings. Speaking on this, Portugal said, “We couldn’t score goals because of the opponent. I try playing football, I try motivating my players. But it is difficult for us to finish our chances in the box. I like attacking football, but my team has not been attacking well in the last three matches. We had more possession but no efficiency.”

He further added, “We need quality to finish. Now we don’t have that quality in our team. In the last match, we had seven attempts on goal but we didn’t score, but today I did not like the way my team played.”

Delhi have been missing the services of both midfielder Matias Mirabaje and defender Sena Ralte due to injuries. The Spaniard also took off the talented youngster, Lallianzuala Chhangte after Jamshedpur’s goal which raised eyebrows as he had been in good form. But Portugal believes, “He is a younger player. In the first match, he played very well.  After that, all the newspapers were saying that he’s a very big player. But he is very young and I feel that all this (publicity) is a little bad for him.”

Portugal concluded by pointing out which aspect was keeping his team from scoring and winning matches, “I think the team is very nervous in scoring situations. The squad is not right and… the players are nervous. That is the main problem. I don’t know why because with the ball we play well. In football, the nervousness is because of the score. If we win, the nervousness goes out. It is very important that we win for that.”

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