Habas wants ATK Mohun Bagan to continue winning in remaining matches
ATK Mohun Bagan registered a 1-0 win over Jamshedpur FC in Match 94 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday. Roy Krishna scored the only goal of the game in the 85th minute to help the Mariners to their fourth successive win. At the post-match press conference, ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Antonio Lopez Habas summed up the outing for him team.
“In the first half, there were not many possibilities to attack because the ball was in the air all the time and it is very difficult to play against this [long balls]. In the second half, we kept the possession better. I think that we played better and got the goal,” Habas said.
With the win, the Mariners went top of the table, two points ahead of Mumbai City FC who play Bengaluru FC on Monday. With the top spot at stake, Habas urged his team to play for maximum points in their remaining three matches. “It’s very satisfying for the players and the staff. I am very happy with the performance of the players. Now, we have to go match-by-match. Now we have to get the three points in the remaining matches,” he said.
Their next challenge will see ATK Mohun Bagan take on SC East Bengal in the famous Kolkata Derby. Habas however believes that in the absence of fans, this will be just like any other match for his team, “We have to keep our calm. Without the tension and the pressure of the supporters, it will be just another match for us. The idea will be to play football,” he said.
Watch Antonio Lopez Habas' Post-Match Press conference here:
Meanwhile, Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle was disappointed with the final result. “It's never a fair result. Their goalkeeper [Arindam Bhattacharja] probably made the save of the season to deny [Nerijus] Valskis. Had we got that, I am convinced that we would have gone on to win the game. We were comfortable. I don't think that ATK Mohun Bagan had a shot on target in the second half [until the goal].
“ATK Mohun Bagan are a good side who win games but we took the game to them. We had comfortable possession. For the goal, we just gave the ball away,” he said.
Watch Owen Coyle's Post-Match Press conference here: