We won the match because of the team's spirit and character: FC Goa’s Juan Ferrando
FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando expressed joy for his players after they emerged victorious against Bengaluru FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday.
FC Goa proved to be the dominant side after an intense battle to clinch the three points on offer went down the wire with a goal in the 70-minute mark by Devendra Murgaonkar sealing it for the hosts at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim.
Ferrando spoke to the media after the match.
Here are the excerpts from his post-match press conference
Two back to back wins now, describe the game for us?
I think the first half the team was good, it was a good performance. We had chances, were better in position and attack, better in position in defence. After 1-1, it was a difficult moment for the team and when we started the second half, the team was not in confidence. After the red card the team was in a very difficult situation but I think they changed the score because of the spirit of the team, the character was very good. In this case, I am very happy for the players, and also the line-up and also the players in substitutions because they looked after the team. After 2-1, the team was put a lot of attention in defence, and they got the three points, very happy for this.
Despite the result, do you feel there are certain aspects of the game the team needs to work on and what are they?
Of course, in transition. The transitions are very important in football when our style is to play in attack. At the end it is very important to control the transitions. Sometimes, we have mistakes, mistakes because our focus was not in place, sometimes when the reactions of the players are not good and on time and then this is the problem. It is not so easy because in high-level, in Europe, in the Champions League, you see these problems and imagine in this case our team.
Was that set piece for the goal practiced on the ground?
Of course, we practice all the time but today I think was one moment difficult for Dheeraj (Singh) but we support him. I trust 100% in him and also in Naveen (Kumar) and Hrithik (Tiwari). For me, no worry about Dheeraj, 21 years, this is the future keeper of the Indian football and give him more chances and continue working.