The players worked very hard to achieve this result: FC Goa's Derrick Pereira
FC Goa got a memorable 5-0 victory over Chennaiyin FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa to keep their top-four dreams alive in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). Head Coach Derrick Pereira was delighted with his team and their efforts.
The Gaurs completely dominated the match and scored four goals in the first half. Jorge Ortiz scored a hattrick on his return to the starting lineup, after missing the last two games. This result takes FC Goa to within five points of the semi-final spots.
Match Report: Jorge Ortiz nets hat-trick as FC Goa thump Chennaiyin FC
Derrick Pereira addressed the media after the game.
Here are some excerpts from his press conference:
Did you imagine that you could get such a huge result?
Honestly, no. I expected a tough match. I think we did well, we controlled the game well, the timing of the goals was crucial and we kept the momentum going. I think the boys worked very hard to get this result. But yes, Chennaiyin FC maybe their previous match has affected their performance today.
5-0 inside an hour. Could you have scored more goals?
When we went into the break, we decided to control the game. Not to allow Chennaiyin FC to settle down. So we tried to keep the ball, keep possession and try to create opportunities. Yes, we could have scored more but that was a plan for the second half.
Analyzing the game, what are the areas to improve?
I think what we lacked earlier was the finishing, which we corrected today. And, yes we'll be facing tougher teams, the top teams in the remaining matches so, we'll have to be clinical upfront. And then, of course, we need to at the same time keep the balance the way we kept our balance today.
You can finish the season on 30 points. So, do you still believe in miracles?
Yes, miracles do happen, anything is possible with God, which I believe in. We will take it match by match again. The next match will be a very important one, it will be tough, but we'll go there with that mindset to put in a performance to get a good result. In the end, we see where we end up.