I am very pleased with what I saw today: Mumbai City FC's Petr Kratky
Mumbai City FC head coach shared his thoughts on his side's 3-0 victory against Chennaiyin FC.
Mumbai City FC head coach Petr Kratky was elated with his team's performance as the Islanders secured a convincing 3-0 win against Chennaiyin FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai on Thursday.
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The first half was evenly contested, but Mumbai City FC had a great opportunity to take the lead through Lallianzuala Chhangte. Unfortunately, the forward struck his penalty straight into the crossbar. However, the game took a turn in the second half when the Islanders took full charge of the game and scored three goals.
The Islanders were coming off a 2-0 defeat to Kerala Blasters FC. Kratky was pleased to see a positive response in this game after the loss to the Blasters and go to the break with three important points in the bag.
“It is always positive when you finish high and win the game, especially going into the break. I am very pleased with what I saw today,” Kratky stated in the post-match press conference.
“Coming back from the loss in Kerala the reaction was great and that is what we were looking for. All players and staff deserve big credit for what they have done with the team and the team performed on a good note today,” he added.
Mumbai City FC youngsters Gurkirat Singh and Vikram Partap Singh scored two important goals to solidify Mumbai City FC's lead in the game. Both of them scored in the 80th and the 90th minute of the game. Kratky feels satisfied that both of them made good use of the chances they got in the game.
“This is what every coach wants. It is not about starting eleven or fifteen players, it is about all players in the team,” he said.
“We wanted to give the opportunity to Gurkirat (Singh) and he took it. For me his performance was excellent but he needs to keep working hard and ask me more questions to give him more opportunity like everyone else,” he added.
“Vikram is a good person and a good footballer. We give them opportunity if the time is right and if they work hard and have a good attitude,” the tactician opined.
Mumbai City FC marked their fourth clean sheet of the season. Kratky feels that the Islanders were defensively solid even before he arrived at the club and is delighted to see that defensive solidity again today.
“Our defence was solid the whole season even before I came. There were three clean sheets in a row. It (Clean sheet) is very important for us. We know exactly what we want and how to defend and if they do it and execute it well it works,” he said.
“So this is the power of the team that we have. The defence was solid again and I am very pleased with another clean sheet this season,” Kratky added.