Ferrando shifts focus to Hyderabad FC game after win over Bengaluru
FC Goa secured the three points against Bengaluru FC after beating them 2-1 in Match 101 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday. First-half goals from Igor Angulo and Redeem Tlang helped the Gaurs their second successive win having beaten Odisha FC in their previous game. However, it was their defensive display in the second half that caught the eye of their head coach Juan Ferrando.
“We were better in the high press. After 19 games, I think it is normal that the defence improves. Now, we have to continue improving because sometimes we can have problems while defending,” said Ferrando at the post-match press conference.
“I always choose the best XI in every match and they are working hard …Our target now is to focus on the Hyderabad FC game on Sunday [February 28].”
With the win, FC Goa moved up to third on 30 points turning up the heat on the other two serious contenders for the top four, Hyderabad FC and NorthEast United FC. “All the games are totally different. The players need to rest after a tough week to be ready for winning the three points in the last match,” Ferrando said.
Watch Juan Ferrando's Post-Match Press conference here:
Meanwhile, Bengaluru FC interim head coach Naushad Moosa was disappointed with the performance of his team. “If you look at the first half, then this is a fair result. If we give away such an easy goal then it becomes difficult. After that, we had some opportunities, with a header from Sunil [Chhetri] and Cleiton [Silva] hitting the bar. Not really happy with the result, we could have done much better,” he said after Bengaluru’s remote hopes of reaching the semis got completely shattered.
“Frankly speaking, we were really not under pressure. We just wanted to come and play because the chances (of making it to the top four) were not much. But yes, we wanted to get the three points,” added Moosa.
Moosa though admitted that the Gaurs were the better side in the game. “FC Goa was a totally different side. They were very compact. They were dropping back and they did not give us enough room. Tactically, they outplayed us,” he said.
Watch Naushad Moosa's Post-Match Press conference here: