Sergio Lobera: Important to keep the ball and have possession

FC Goa are geared up to take on Odisha FC in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Sunday. Goa will be confident having beaten ATK at home in their last game but the Odisha attacking threat is bound to worry Sergio Lobera’s men, with Odisha gunning for a spot in the top four.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Goa head coach Sergio Lobera spoke about the competitive nature of the Hero ISL, “I think this season all the teams are very good. It is very competitive. I think every match is very important. It’s not only about the top four. Getting three points in every match is very important, especially against a very good team like Odisha. The focus right now is not to finish on the top of the league but to win matches. They are a team who play similar to us. It is a very important match and we need to get a win.”

The Spaniard went on to opine about the upcoming challenge, “Gaining possession will be important against Odisha because when the opponent does not have the ball, they suffer. Odisha play very well for me. I think it is important to keep the ball and have the possession. They are a very good team. I hope we can put up a good defence against this team.”

When asked about his views on the Gaurs previous encounter against a strong ATK side, Lobera said, “I am very happy with the way my players played in the last match against ATK. They were the better team than ATK. It was a very tough match and it was important that we got the three points. The defensive quality was important for us in this match.  As a team, we need to adapt as a team and we did, we created a lot of chances in the last match.”

Joining the 42-year-old was Hero ISL’s all-time highest goal scorer, Ferran Corominas. Coming back from a recent injury, the player shared his thoughts on the game, “I missed a few games, but I got back and I have a lot of confidence. Every time I go out there, I have a lot of confidence. We try to give our 100% and that is the most important part of the game.”

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