Lobera: My team did everything they could

FC Goa’s unbeaten run in Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 came to an end after they were narrowly beaten by Jamshedpur FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Tuesday. The Gaurs had the lion’s share of possession and created more than a few opportunities, but a lack of ruthlessness and some resolute Jamshedpur defending meant that they ended the night without adding any points to their tally.

However, while speaking at his post-match press conference, the FC Goa head coach, Sergio Lobera opined that his players could not have done anything more to get a positive result from the fixture. “I think my team have done everything they could. Next match we will do everything we can. And if this is not enough to win the match, I am very proud of my players. This is the situation. Today, my opinion, is that we have done everything we could,” he said.

With regards to the absentees in his squad, the Spaniard said, “This is the situation. I, as a coach, can only speak on the players who played today. I don’t want to speak about the players who did not play today. It is not easy for us. Next match is not easy for us either. Today, I prefer to speak about the players who played the match and not the players who missed the match.”

“As a coach I need to work in this circumstance. It is not possible to give excuses. It is not possible to speak about what I would like to do in the future. I can only speak about the current situation. Tomorrow is a new day. We have four days to prepare well for the next match and go to Kochi to play against a good team, and to try and do our best,” Lobera added.

Finally, the Gaurs boss delivered some positive news on the injury front by confirming striker Ferran Corominas was in line to make a comeback in Goa’s next match. “I think for the next match it will be possible to play for him. It is not a big injury,” he said.

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