Manuel Marquez: Impossible for me to be prouder of these players
ATK Mohun Bagan salvaged a point against Hyderabad FC after a 2-2 draw in match 103 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Monday. After Hyderabad were reduced to 10 men in the 5th minute following a straight red for Chinglensana Singh, Aridane Santana gave them the lead before Manvir Singh equalised for the Mariners in the second half. Substitute Roland Alberg made it two for the Telangana-based club but Pritam Kotal netted an injury time goal as the teams shared the spoils.
At the post-match press conference, Hyderabad’s head coach Manuel Marquez admitted that he was proud of his players. “It is impossible to be prouder of these players. They are sad at this moment because the win was very close. We are very proud of the players. Let’s see if we can win against Goa on Sunday,” he said after the game.
Marquez believes that it will be a great achievement if Hyderabad make it to the semi-finals. “We really wanted the three points but that is the game. We can still make it to the top four. This team never gives up. If they make it to the top four, it will be a fantastic achievement, but if we do not arrive, I will still be very proud of the players,” he said.
While assessing his side’s heroic 10-man performance, Marquez added: “When you play with 10 players, it is more difficult for the opponent because you play with everyone behind the ball. But the problem was that we played with 10 men for too much time. We received the red card in the fifth minute. Against a side like ATK Mohun Bagan, it was a very difficult challenge.”
Watch Manuel Marquez's Post-Match Press conference here:
Meanwhile, ATK Mohun Bagan’s head coach Antonio Lopez Habas was disappointed with the performance of his team but expects them to be ready for their next match. “I'm not [happy] because it was a match where we had to win the three points and win the league. I am very disappointed with the performance of the team because we had a numerical superiority from the fifth minute. But we have to go on and play the final game against Mumbai City,” he said.
“Mumbai City still has to play against Odisha. We have to prepare our team and recover the injured players that we have. We have had a fantastic season, and now we have to solve the situation about winning the league in the next match,” the Spaniard added.
Watch Antonio Lopez Habas' Post-Match Press conference here: