I'm happy for the players but we have lot to improve: FC Goa's Juan Ferrando after win
FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando said he was delighted for his players and coaching staff after the team registered their first win of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season as they beat SC East Bengal 4-3 at the Tilak Maidan stadium in Vasco, Goa on Tuesday.
The Gaurs emerged victorious in a topsy-turvy game that saw Goa being pegged back thrice before finding the winner through Alberto Noguera in the 79th minute.
Ferrando though highlighted that his team has a lot to improve after the first four matches of the season.
The Spaniard addressed the media after the match and here are the excerpts from his press conference.
You spoke about the team's psychology so how much of a boost is today's win?
For me, I'm happy for our fans, for the players and the coaching staff because they are working so hard and then we lose three games so it's difficult. But trust me I'm happy for them. In my mind, I'm still thinking of the last three games and how we improve from it.
You said you are happy but you didn't react to any of the goals scored today? Why was that?
It's because at this moment I was talking to my assistant Clifford about the substitution that would be best suited for the team or if the substitution would add more stress in the team. Sometimes when the team is not in a good situation and the score 1-0 or 2-1 it is important to keep calm and to connect with the players and ask them not to take stress and tell them that the game is ninety minutes and hence it's important to be attentive in this moment.
Apart from the mental aspect there were some tactical changes. Can you share your thoughts on that?
We changed tactically as in the build-up we had some problems in the last match and also in transitions. So we decided to have one more player in the build-up because for us it's better for us as it's our style. Sometimes we have success but we need to improve in the moments of the game of course. But today in the end, the game was 90% psychological. It was about mentality, being positive, the feedback from the bench to the pitch and the pitch to the bench which was positive all the time, trusting in our plan. This is the most important thing. Of course, then the tactical aspect comes after that.
Your thoughts on Muhammed Nemil who is a Reliance Foundation Young Champs academy graduate and when can we see him feature more prominently in your team plans and how is he as a signing and as a young player?
We will see. I am no magician and I can't see the future of a player. But in FC Goa the most important thing apart from winning the games is to improve these players and step by step make them have a good feeling on the pitch. Normally it's very easy to help Nemil and to help the likes of Devendra but the important thing is to control the atmosphere to make them feel better on the pitch and then step by step give Nemil more minutes.