Confidence, emotions of players and not tactics will decide match against Maziya: ATK Mohun Bagan's Juan Ferrando
ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Juan Ferrando has urged his players to only keep their focus on the Maziya S&RC match and not think about result in the other match when they face the Maldivian side in the final round of Group D in the AFC Cup at the Salt Lake stadium on Tuesday.
The Group D was thrown wide open following the second round of matches that saw both Maziya and ATK Mohun Bagan revive their campaigns with wins over Gokulam Kerala FC and Bashundhara Kings respectively.
Gokulam Kerala enjoy a superior head-to-head count on account of their 4-2 win over ATK Mohun Bagan. Gokulam Kerala's 0-1 loss to Maziya has meant all possible outcomes are still possible with all four clubs tied on three points apiece from two games. They would be aware that any slip-up on Tuesday will be fatal to their chances of making the next round
However, winners would automatically be in a favorable position to qualify. Though they would be aware that in going for a victory, they can't afford to let their guard down at the back.
Ferrando addressed the media during the pre-match press conference.
Here are the excerpts from the press conference:
What have you been telling the boys?
It’s a big opportunity for us. We are thinking about the Maziya match because it's very important one. I know the players are tired after these close matches. Our target is to win and get three points. Then to see what happened in Bashundhara Kings (match).
What do you make of your opponents Maziya Sports & Recreation?
We know that in their league they are incredible. Because in the championship in the Maldives, they are the best team. They had very good performances in the past. The plan of them is very clear, that transitions in defense. It's different than the last season. After the win against the Gokulam FC, they must be very motivated.
Why didn’t you substitute Sandesh Jhingan when Tiri got injured in the first match?
Every game is different, because you play a different opponent. Sometimes it's necessary to find who is the best player in that moment. Against Gokulam was different, they try to find the space behind of center backs. So our job is to know to about the opponents and then try to find the best lineup and the best players depending on the situation.
How do you rate your opponent's attacking force?
In attacking sometimes it’s more about emotions rather than tactics. The players are very tired, in six-day of span they played two matches. Whether attack or defense you need to have clear details. Because if there’s one mistake, it's a great opportunity for the opponent. Rather than talking about attack or tactics, Tuesday’s game is more about players' confidence. It is the day for the details.
Do you think that playing second is going to be an advantage for you?
Of course, it’s an advantage. But I don't think we are going to talk about this in the dressing room. The most important is our game. But if there’s a draw or Gokulam loses, that is good for us.