Hyderabad FC are dangerous team; it will not be easy against them: Chennaiyin FC’s Bozidar Bandovic

Chennaiyin FC head coach Bozidar Bandovic has urged his side to be more aggressive while playing under pressure and continue to create chances ahead of the clash against Hyderabad FC on Thursday in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).

Bandovic is aware of the threats posed by the dangerous-looking Hyderabad FC side that has had an impressive season thus far -- positioned fourth in the league table with 16 points.

Ahead of the match, Bandovic alongside goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar spoke to the media before the match in the pre-match press conference.

Here are the excerpts from Bandovic's press conference:

What is your analysis of Hyderabad FC?

Bandovic: This is one of the best organised teams and has the same coach from before. They are a dangerous team who have built themselves nicely. The way they have played shows that it will not be easy against them.

Is the team finding it difficult to switch from a four-back formation to a three-back since you’ve added seven points in seven matches?

Bandovic: When you play as we played in the last game, you can say it is difficult. But when you take games such as the ATK Mohun Bagan one and even the game that we lost against Bengaluru FC we played beautifully, we made movements and tactically we were very good. I don’t think the system is a problem. You need to have patience because in two months you cannot have consistency and to be champion is not possible.

Will we see enterprising football from Chennaiyin FC as the time is starting to run out?

Bandovic: In most of the games, we did that except the last one. Under pressure, you sometimes need to play the long ball. Yes, we need to be better at this. We will try to repeat the positive. If somebody is not available, we will continue to improve at attacking. We lost so many duels and second balls, we need to be more aggressive.

How would you rate Indian players’ performance so far?

Bandovic: Unstable, which is normal. When you have players without training for five months, suddenly after weeks of preparation and you play every three-four games, this is totally normal. Some games they played well and even foreign players go through that. They can do better, they need time. There is not much space to work.

What are your expectations from Nerijus Valskis in the upcoming matches?

Bandovic: Valskis was not in sync with the physical condition of all our players. He asked me to change him and we need to look into this before the next game. The way how we attacked, I wasn’t happy with that. That didn’t help him either and we cannot judge him on one game. I believe in the next games, his physical condition and learning of the game will be much better. We know his quality and I’m sure he will help his team.

Here are the excerpts from the Chennaiyin FC’s goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar’s press conference:

How do you motivate yourself to play for Chennaiyin FC?

Majumdar: Wherever I play, I play to become a champion. The thing about Chennai is that every year they set the mentality to be a champion. I am happy here and Chennai is one of the best teams where I am comfortable.

Do you think you will be able to return to the Indian national team based on your current performance?

Majumdar: If I will play every match, the chances to be recalled to the national team will increase. I am currently trying my best to help my team and if I am called up because of that, I’ll be really happy.  Our goalkeeping coach here is very technically sound and they teach us a lot. I try to implement as much as I can in the match from the practice that helps out a lot.

How has the transition been from the training to the pitch?

Majumdar: Of course, I did not play the first few games but I don’t think of that. I do my hard work in the training and always give my 200%. The coach trusted me and gave me a chance. I want to help my team with all my effort. I concentrate on the training and on the pitch. The practice and match are the same for me and I take both very seriously.

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