Pleased with our tactical performance: Chennaiyin FC’s Bozidar Bandovic after win over Odisha FC

Chennaiyin FC head coach Bozidar Bandovic was pleased with his team after defeating 2-1 to Odisha FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Gama, Goa on Saturday.

Germanpreet Singh (23’) scored the opening goal for his first-ever goal in the Hero ISL. Milan Murzaev (63’) made it 2-0 in the second half with a brilliant strike. In the end, Odisha FC’s Javi Hernandez (90+6’) scored a superb goal but it wasn't enough as the match ended with a 2-1 scoreline.

Bandovic’s team moved to third in the points table with the win, level on points with second-placed Jamshedpur FC. Chennaiyin FC now have 11 points from six games.

After Chennaiyin FC’s win over Odisha FC, coach Bandovic addressed the media in the post-match press conference.

Here are the excerpts from the press conference.

How satisfied and pleased you were with Milan’s goal?

I am very satisfied, happy to win the game but his goal was excellent. He did this before, I know with his quality that he can do better and he's a very good player.

What do you think are the reasons for your full-backs doing so well this season?

We were working all this time explaining them, tactically what we wanted in attack and defense. I want to say that the boys are responding very well and we have very good communication because they know, the only thing I want is to help them to become a better team. So this is the main thing. They really listen and they are trying to do well. 

What do you tell a player like Lukasz Gikiewicz who missed a penalty?

Supporting him as we support Vishal (Kaith) from the last game and he will be okay. Of course, he's trying to do his best but he missed the penalty. But I think the team is playing very well. Playing attacking football, making many chances, so we should score more goals. We are one new team that is building and this is the processing, but I'm very happy with the way we played today. Of course, we should score more goals and I don't like conceding goals.

You got Germanpreet back in the midfield, he scored a goal, so did he exceed your expectations today? 

Very good game for German and this is very important for us. And of course, we will need everybody. So I think he did very well. But even the team was tactically good today. And our physical condition from game to game is going up.

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