Costa: Not here for a holiday but to succeed
Mumbai City FC were subjected to their second home defeat on the trot after going down 4-2 against FC Goa at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday. To recall, Mumbai also lost their last fixture at the same venue against Odisha FC by the same scoreline last week.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, head coach Jorge Costa took responsibility for his team’s poor result and said, “It is my job and I must turn things around. Eight goals conceded in two matches, and today, three were from set pieces. The goals we conceded were silly and I must fix this, and I hope after this (international) break I have the conditions to fix this.”
Elaborating on his concern while defending set-pieces, he said, “After the game I spoke with the team and I don’t know if it is a lack of concentration. All the eight goals, with all respect to Odisha and Goa, I think they were gifts from us. We worked on defending set pieces this week. My players knew what to do but still, they did not. If you do not do as I say, then I need to change you. I believe my players want to do it, but they cannot. And if they cannot then I will not close my eyes. When I came here it was to succeed. I think we had a very good first season. I am not here for holidays, so the things must be as I want. I’m the boss, I must take decisions and stop these silly goals.”
Although Costa was upset with the result, he defended the performance, but was stern with his words, “These things can happen in the biggest clubs as well. We knew that we could score. But I’m sad with the result and the silly goals we conceded, but I’m not sad with the team. We worked hard and played well. We created some chances in the first half, but something was missing. We had the power to come from 2-0 to 2-2 and I can promise you that hopefully after the break we will be a much better team.”
“We conceded silly goals and we had the opportunities, but we didn’t score. We are not yet dead; we are still there (in the league)... I think that Mumbai City can be so much more. This loss is to remember and not forget, and I can promise that after this break we will be back, and we will fight till the end,” Costa added.
The Portuguese coach also seemed content with the performance of Raynier Fernandes despite refusing to single out any individual for praise. “He (Raynier) is doing his job and I’m happy with him. I don’t like to speak about individual players, but he is doing his job well.”
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