Roshan Naorem is taking positive steps everyday: Bengaluru FC’s Marco Pezzaiuoli

Bengaluru FC head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli urged his team to enjoy the victory over rivals Kerala Blasters FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan stadium in Vasco, Goa on Sunday and go into the next match with a positive mindset.

The Blues recorded a 1-0 win over the Blasters thanks to a Roshan Naorem free-kick and climbed into the top four on the back of an unbeaten run that stretched to eight matches with this triumph.

The German head coach also heaped praise on the goalscorer and was pleased with his progress so far this season.

Pezzaiuoli spoke to the media after the match.

Here are the excerpts from his post-match press conference:

You didn't have more possession and also had fewer shots than the opponent. Your team was clinical. What are your thoughts on it?

The idea was to win the game. That was clear. When you see the 90 minutes, we had more chances to win the game. But it was an eager match in midfield, with a lot of second balls. But we should have scored the second goal to have more calmness at the end of the match.

Roshan Naorem has already impressed with his assists. How confident are you with his free-kick abilities and how much work goes down in training?

He did well in the second half. He had created a chance in the first half for Prince Ibara. When he dribbled inside the ball, he did well but unfortunately Danish missed the ball. It was a good combination play. He is doing well, he is training but he also needs to be normal. It's very important as he knows he is not ready for everything yet. He needs to still improve, he is a young guy but is doing well and trying to take more steps upwards.

Before the match the Kerala Blasters FC head coach had said that Bengaluru FC deserve to be in the top four. Now that you are in the top four, how do you feel?

I think we have been doing well from the beginning of the season. We were a bit unlucky but we don't think about the fourth position now. We think about this win. We enjoy the game, we enjoy the three points and from tomorrow onwards we focus on the next match because it's coming soon. Just now we had three games in seven days.

As for Kerala Blasters FC, I;ll give a big compliment to them as well. They were fighting till the end and it wasn't easy at all after a 12-day quarantine.

How is the mood in the dressing room going into the final month of the league stage?

The mood is very good of course as when you are winning you are getting more and more confident. But you must know that the next match is coming and we must respect the next opponents. In the next game, we start again at 0-0 and we have to give 100% effort. It's very important when you win in the bubble as it makes it a little bit easier to enjoy a little bit of time.

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