Did not deserve to lose the game: Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez

Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez feels that result is not the true reflection of how the match was played, as his team succumbed to a 0-1 loss against Kerala Blasters FC in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa on Sunday.

Alvaro Vazquez’s strike in the 42nd minute of the game was all it took for Kerala Blasters FC to bag three points and move to the top of the league table for the time being. Meanwhile, Hyderabad FC, despite several efforts failed to register an equaliser in the second half of the game.

Marquez addressed the questions put forward by the media during the post-match press conference.

Here are the excerpts from the press conference:

Considering the performance, do you think that Hyderabad FC deserved to lose the match?

Obviously no. I think that we played better than a lot of days. Especially in the opening minutes of the first half. And in the second half we controlled the game totally, but they have very very good players, especially offensive players and they can score in one moment, even if you are attacking more than them.

Hyderabad FC faced a similar situation in the last match, but your team scored the equaliser. What was the difference today?

That we didn't score (the difference) I think it's an easy answer. We scored, I don't know, from my position it is impossible to know if it was offside or not. But, the difference was that the other day, the last substitution and the change in the system was early. But today I was looking that we could equalize in the game in one moment and then maybe that the substitutions were late, this was the reason.

Kerala Blasters FC have now jumped to the top of the league table, are they now a serious contender for the top-four spot?

All the six, seven teams, eight teams, I think that we are candidates (for top-four finish), It is a very very equal game. I don't want to repeat, but sometimes we forget who these teams are (Kerala Blasters FC and Hyderabad FC). We (Hyderabad FC), we are trying to grow in football. Kerala Blasters has a fantastic fan following. I think that all the teams have possibilities. Yeah, I'm not happy because we lost the game. But I think that the game was very good in terms of football.

Bartholomew Ogbeche is out of the next match after receiving four yellow cards. Will Javier Siverio get a start?

Yes, Javier Siverio will play. This is the rule. If you have four yellow cards, you can’t play, but for sure we will play with 11 players, that is for sure. Then, Javier has a lot of possibilities to play as a number nine against Chennaiyin FC.

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