If we play like this, we can’t reach the semi-finals: Chennaiyin FC’s Bozidar Bandovic

Chennaiyin FC head coach Bozidar Bandovic was heavily critical of his team after they fell to a 0-5 defeat at the hands of FC Goa in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Tilak Maidan stadium in Vasco, Goa.

Jorge Ortiz netted a hat-trick as the Gaurs blew away Chennaiyin FC in the first half taking a 4-0 lead. Chennaiyin FC did well to concede just one goal in the second half but the damage was already done.

Match Report: Jorge Ortiz nets hat-trick as FC Goa thump Chennaiyin FC

With the defeat, their chances of qualifying for the semi-final are very slim given their poor goal difference of -11.

Bandovic spoke to the media after the match.

Here are the excerpts from the press conference:

Can you explain the match in words?

Ridiculous. Very bad game for us. We started very badly, conceding the first three goals. It was bad defending. It was a very bad day for us.

You were 4-0 down at half-time. What did you tell the players?

What I said stays between me and my players. We had a very bad day but we have to stay positive and try in the next game and think hard about it because the picture of the team was bad today.

Do you take out any positives from this game at all?

I can take the positive that Deepak Devrani had a good game. He played first game from the start and he did very well.

Can the 5-0 defeat impact the team mentality negatively in the final four games?

We have to try to not let this happen. It's a bad game. In football, sometimes we lose, sometimes we win. We conceded many goals but we need to come back. We have 6-7 days we need to come back and not let this repeat again. I don't remember when my team conceded five goals.

Your goal difference is very bad and so even if you win all the games would the goal difference be the defining factor in you not reaching the semi-finals?

If we play like this then we can't go to the semi-finals. We need to be much better to win the games and we need to be focussed, concentrate and show discipline. Today we were totally out of the game.

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