This was the worst first half in my time here at Bengaluru FC: Marco Pezzaiuoli

Bengaluru FC head coach, Marco Pezzaiuoli believes lack of decisiveness in the final third was the problem as his side lost out to Hyderabad FC 1-0 in their fifth match of Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim on Wednesday.

Bengaluru FC has only one win in five matches. The Blues sit at ninth position with four points.

Bengaluru FC struggled to create chances in the first. They conceded within the first ten minutes of the game. Bartholomew Ogbeche’s shot from long distance got deflected and found the back of the net. However, Bengaluru FC came out strong in the second half. They began creating chances but failed to capitalise on them.

In the backdrop of Bengaluru FC’s defeat to Hyderabad FC, coach Pezzaiuoli addressed the media during the official post-match press conference.

Here are the excerpts from the press conference.

Five games into the Hero ISL, What is your impression of the league and how can your team turn these narrow results into wins?

I think the league is good with good coaches and good foreign players. I think the quality of the league has improved this season. I think it was the worst first half in my time here at BFC, including the AFC Cup. In the second half, we created chances. It was the style of football we wanted to play, but we missed the right passes in the final third.

You only made three substitutions in the game, any particular reason behind it? Do you think your team could have pressed better with fresh legs?

No, I think in the first half we pressed really well. And then I bring two strikers inside to make it more dynamic. We didn’t have Prince (Ibara) and Udanta (Singh) who I would have liked to bring on.

You looked unhappy with Bruno Ramires during the water break, what was that about?

Not only with him, I was unhappy with our performance in the first half. We lost all the second balls. We also lost the ball when we had the ball. He is a key player in the midfield and he has to be sharp. It was not only his mistake.

Do you think Sunil Chhetri’s poor form might be holding the team back?

I don’t think so. He worked very hard today. He was always in a good position inside the box but we didn’t pass him. Sunil needs balls to score goals. In the beginning of the season he was not in a very good position but in the last two games he has been in good positions.

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