Frustrated because we lost the last league game, the championship and now the semi-final: ATK Mohun Bagan’s Juan Ferrando
ATK Mohun Bagan got a futile 1-0 victory in the second leg of their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash with Hyderabad FC at the Athletic Stadium in Goa on Wednesday. This result meant that HFC went ahead to the Hero ISL final after a 3-2 victory on aggregate over the Mariners.
ATKMB Head Coach Juan Ferrando was happy with his team’s performances this season but, he was disappointed on a personal level.
Roy Krishna scored in the 79th minute of the game and gave some hope to the Mariners, however, in the end it was not enough to overturn the two-goal aggregate deficit.
Juan Ferrando addressed the media after the game in the official post-match press conference.
Here are some excerpts from his press conference:
What does the season mean for you?
To be honest, I'm very disappointed. I'm very frustrated because we lost in the last game, the championship and now we lost the semi-final. Of course, I'm not happy but it's my feeling about the team. I'm very happy because they worked a lot in a difficult situation with quarantine and with the change in coaching style. I'm happy for them but thinking about myself I'm very disappointed. I'm very upset for our supporters because for me it is very important that in difficult moments we try to get trophies and enjoy with the fans and enjoy with this team and this club.
How do you rate yourself after you came in mid-season?
Yeah, the players and the coaching staff tried to do the best every day, for me it is incredible. All the players are very close and work every day with a good face and with a good positive mentality. It was incredible to work with this team for three months because in the end, I only worked for three months but the feeling is always difficult to know.
What is your plan moving forward?
The plan is the preseason. I'm talking now with the owners to prepare for the preseason, of course, the players need to rest and be close to their families because it's very important and after five-six days immediately, start working with the team in the pre-season because in front of us is a great challenge of an International. It has a lot of respect for us because we play in an international competition and it's very important that everybody is ready and focused on the next challenge.