Delighted to see players wanting to embrace new style of play: ATK Mohun Bagan’s Juan Ferrando

ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Juan Ferrando was pleased with the way his team executed their game plan during the 2-1 victory over his former team FC Goa in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the PJN stadium in Fatroda, Goa on Wednesday.

Two right-footed goals, one each from Liston Colaco and Roy Krishna, were enough to secure three points for ATK Mohun Bagan as FC Goa, slumped to their first defeat in four games. With this win ATKMB moved to third place on the points table, meanwhile, FC Goa remained at eighth.

Ferrando addressed the media after the match.

Here are excerpts from his post-match press conference:

You talked about mixed feelings for this game, now that the game is over. How do you feel from a personal point of view?

Of course, there's fifty percent I'm feeling happy because our team ATK Mohun Bagan got three points, but it's normal. And a part of me is upset because I know the opponent. But I'm a professional coach. I'm thinking about football. 

A word on Liston Colaco's goal and his importance to the club?

I think every goal is important for the club. Our target is to score in the last part of the game with our attack and we need to improve a lot. But every goal is important because every goal is a great opportunity to get three points.

A week ago when you came to the club, you were in the bottom half of the table, you’re finishing 2021 at the third spot. How inspiring is it?

We’ll see. I think it is good, but our focus is to prepare for the next game and forget the extra things just focus on the Hyderabad FC game.

How difficult has it been to coordinate with the team in mid-season and what made it easy for you?

When you have the fresh season, it's perfect. You have time. Maybe you need double sessions, you stop the training and continue working one hour more. When you are in this moment, you know that some players are at risk of injuries. There are a lot of problems, but I'm happy because the coaching staff and the rest of the club try to help me a lot. Also, most important, players want to work in this style and methodology, for me, it's a pleasure.

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