Iriondo unhappy with mistakes, Cuadrat confident that wins will come
Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC played out an entertaining goalless draw at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Sunday. It was a match of many chances but with both goalkeepers - Subrata Paul and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - in top form, neither side could disturb the scoreboard on the night.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Jamshedpur FC head coach Antonio Iriondo analyzed his team’s performance and opined, “No, I’m not happy with the performance today. We had phases where we played well, but other phases we played very badly. The big problem was that we made a lot of mistakes in passing and that doesn’t allow you to keep the ball and have control of the game.”
Although he was unhappy with the overall performance, the Spaniard was appreciative of his shot-stopper Subrata Paul’s fantastic showing on the night. "We have a clean sheet against a great team. Our goalkeeper (Subrata Paul) had a great game. I think that we can divide the match into the two parts. First-half belonged to Bengaluru. They played so much better than us. Second-half, I think we played better than them and created many more chances. Their goalkeeper made some great saves as well."
"Sometimes when you play against these kinds of teams, it’s very difficult to have control consistently. You must try and fight against them. We haven’t had enough time to adjust to everything and we hope we can do it better in the future," he added.
Asked about Jamshedpur's good start to the season, Iriondo stated, “I am happy with seven points. At the beginning of the league, it’s a very good thing. Especially when you consider that we are a new team and we are trying to adjust. I think it’s a very good situation to have seven points at this moment. We will keep improving and we will have the team that we want."
Meanwhile, Bengaluru FC head coach Carles Cuadrat lauded his team’s effort in the tough away match, but felt that they deserved to have more points on the board at this stage, rather than just three from three outings. "Honestly, I think today was the only day that the opponents’ game was not very clear for us. But I’m very happy with the tactical game. We stopped the opponents very well and created chances. So, you must give credit to the players. We should have had a minimum of seven points at this stage of the league.”
The biggest drawback for Bengaluru FC this season so far has been the lack of the cutting edge in front of goal, with Manuel Onwu and Sunil Chhetri both failing to have a telling impact on matches. Addressing the issue, Cuadrat said, "We created a lot of chances, but the team is not the same. We lost many crucial players, and this affects the result. This happens all over the world, with every club. We are looking very steady and giving tough competition. We should not feel the pressure of getting the first victory, we have to keep working the way we are, and the wins will come."
Centre back Albert Serran made his return to the Bengaluru starting XI on the night after recovering from an injury but had to be carried off the field early after sustaining a knock. Asked if the Spaniard may have been rushed back too soon, Cuadrat revealed, "He has been playing normally in training. But today, he injured his other muscle. These things happen sometimes when you play competitively after a long time. He was 100% fit to start the game, so the injury happened later and in the other muscle."
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