This is a victory for ATK Mohun Bagan supporters: Habas after Kolkata derby win
ATK Mohun Bagan secured a comfortable 3-1 win over SC East Bengal in the Kolkata derby of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 at the Fatorda Stadium on Friday. Roy Krishna scored once and assisted two to help his side to a comfortable win. An own goal from Tiri was some consolation for the Red and Gold Brigade.
At the post-match press conference, ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Antonio Lopez Habas dedicated the win to the club’s supporters back in Kolkata and across the world. "I want to congratulate the supporters. This is a victory for them. We are here alone and we have their support from a distance. This win was for the supporters. They can be sure that the team will give their 100% on the pitch for the fans, the colour and the club,” he said.
Sharing his analysis of the game, the Spanish head coach said, “Maybe in the final 10 minutes of the first half we had some problems from throw-ins and corners. But I think that the second half was perfect. We did some fantastic defending and counter-attacking.”
After beating SC East Bengal for a second time this season, Habas revealed what ticked for his team in Friday’s game. “We had to play like it was any other match. We were playing for the three points. We had to keep calm and control on the pitch. This was our idea. We had to stay calm and play football,” he said.
Watch Antonio Lopez Habas' Post-Match Press conference here:
Meanwhile, SC East Bengal assistant coach Anthony Grant was disappointed with the way his team conceded their second goal, which he believes, killed the game. Skipper Daniel Fox gave the ball away to Krishna, who assisted David Williams for the goal.
“I thought it was a good derby game. Both the teams went for it. It was a very honest and strong game. The second goal was the turning point. We have experienced players at the back and it's a derby game that is one each [1-1 at the time of the error]. There was not much in it and we gifted them the second goal,” he said.
“I don't think the opposition did much to win the game. I think we helped them. Both teams cancelled each other out. There wasn’t much great football played by both teams... There was a lot at stake. It was a big game but I would not say that it was the worst game [from an SC East Bengal point of view].”
Watch Anthony Grant's Post-Match Press conference here: